May 1, 2010
Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Top 10 Reasons Why Mobile Is #1
InformationWeek's Bob Evans lists Google CEO Eric Schmidt's top 10 reasons why "the answer should always be mobile first." Schmidt's top two reasons given are personal carry-with-you connectivity and the information explosion.
1) The Fundamental Connection. "But getting back to this question of information overload: what is fundamentally different now is everybody knows what's going on exactly now: one way to express that is to imagine for a moment—everybody here has a digital device? Turn it off. Turn it off right now. What if I just take it away from you? (Pauses a few seconds while gazing out at audience.) That's something pretty profound—your connectivity to that whole world—your personal world, your professional world, and so forth—that connection is so fundamental to people's lives today, whether it's personal or professional—that's not gonna happen."
2) The Information Explosion. "We want to enable that to be more organized. And so if you think about the information problem—interesting statistics: between sorta the birth of the world and 2003, there were five exabytes of information created—that's the total over that period. In the last bit, we create 5 exabytes every two days. So plot that curve and now you see why it's so painful to operate in these information markets. The information explosion is so profoundly larger than anyone ever thought—I certainly, it's larger than anything I ever thought—but that's what this opportunity creates."