If you want to make a zillion dollars…

I am shocked at how much people are on their phones. Shocked. I’m a tech nerd and love my wide range of gadgets, but I always thought that the “always plugged in” crowd was more of a niche then the mainstream right now. Not so.

I was at LAX a month ago after a long day of meetings. WHile waiting to board, I looked around and it seemed that people over the age of 60 were reading magazines or talking with someone nearby. People between 40 and 60 were on laptops or checking Blackberries. And most EVERYONE under 40 was on a mobile device, probably checking Twitter or Facebook or playing Angry Birds or Sudoku. I don’t mean that I saw a few people on iPhones. I mean almost EVERYONE waiting at the gate was doing something on a mobile device.

If you want to make a mint of money, you’d be wise to realize that pretty soon the desktop is going to be replaced by the smartphone as the consumer platform of choice. People will do more on their phones then they do on their PCs as the latter is relegated to work functions and typing and the former becomes the key device in our lives for productivity, shopping, organization, and communication. And in realizing this, I would suggest aspiring developers in the consumer space focus on the mobile platform first and foremost and leave the desktop to someone else. As Wired eloquently put it, the internet is just now gaining steam but the world wide web is dead. Soon, your devices will communicate via the internet for all the things you want and need to do, only you won’t have to open a browser and type in “www.” to get started.


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