Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com
by Ryan MacInnis
It's been a week since our last roundup and there has certainly been a flock of disruptive news happening. Acquia, for example was named the fastest growing private software company in North America on Deloitte's 2013 Technology Fast 500, an annual ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecom, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.
On DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption, there were several key stories that made some big headlines in the disruptive sphere.
This is the second edition of our weekly roundup of some of the highlights from DigitalDisruption.com as the staff of this recently launched site follows the rapid changes that are affecting how we all do business.
Here are some highlights from the past week:
Meet TechCrunch Pitch-Off Winners, Drop
I attended TechCrunch’s Boston Pitch-Off, where 15 startups had 90 seconds to pitch their products and services to a panel of judges. The winners received a table in the Start Up Alley at TechCrunch’s Disrupt New York event next April.
The winner’s of the pitch-off were Zach DeWitt and Eric Noeth, founders of the app Drop. Drop is a digital sticky note, connecting people to each other by leaving a “Drop.” If you knew that your brother or best friend was going to be at a Red Sox’s game tomorrow night, you could leave them a message or “Drop” so when they reach Fenway Park, a push notification would arrive, letting the receiver know that you were thinking of them.
Welcome to the B2B Value-Add Economy
Smart merchant-focused B2B companies are catching on quickly. They’ve watched cloud-based enterprise business models take off in the marketplace, and they want to get their piece of the pie. Businesses that are still primarily oriented around selling hardware that is expensive and fleeting need to reconsider their position. They need to understand what customers actually want -- what services and benefits they depend on -- and how to provide that. The answer may very well lie in joining the B2B Value-Add Economy.
Google Glass in Action
Google Glass Explorer Don Schwartz chronicled TechCrunch's Boston Pitch-Off this week. Truly disruptive, digital technology is almost always scoffed at by those about to be disrupted. Glass is no different and my goal here is to look beyond the weirdness and give you, the reader, some insight into the possibilities as seen #throughglass. Look for his coming explorations of Glass in medicine, Glass in teaching, Glass for hands-on instruction and many insights into reactions as he wears Glass at networking and social events.
Interview with AfterDark Technologies' CEO Dan Wilson
A few weeks ago I met Dan Wilson, founder and CEO of AfterDark Technolgies, an LED light-based sports experience that creates an immersive nighttime gaming experience for Ultimate Frisbee and Flag Football. Dan and I talked in depth about his product, which is evolving to use different sensors that display various colors when a completion or change of possession occurs. This may signal the end of conflicts due to lack of lights or funding to keep them on. Dan believes that the LED light-based solution will change sports and the way we play them, maybe to be utilized by Nike or Under Armour?
Why Flexible Screens Will Change Everything
Rumor has it that Apple is planning curved display iPhones next year. Samsung and LG are planning flexible displays, too. What gives? Flexible screens are the next big thing. In fact, flexible screens will change everything.
A few other notable stories include: Google Offering Snapchat $4 Billion, Rolls-Royce Using 3D Printing for Airplane Engine Parts, Nissan's Version of Glass and Facebook's Open Academy offering college credits to budding software developers.
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