How Mobile Will Change The Way We Spend
A Mobile Future Forward Paper
The Mobile Future Forward 2011 Book will contain 18 essays from thought-leaders around the globe and is going to be distributed exclusively to the Mobile Future Forward attendees on Sept 12th. The book is published by FutureText, UK.
The essays from the Mobile Future Forward speakers and industry luminaries are:
1. How Mobile Will Change The Way We Spend – Chetan Sharma, President, Chetan Sharma Consulting
2. The Mobile Cloud Connected Enterprise – Abhi Ingle, VP, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T
3. Mobile and Health Possibilities – Subba Rao, CEO, Razi Health
4. Buying a Mobile Device in 2014 – Frank Meehan, CEO, INQMobile
5. Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Mobile Internet – An MNO Game Plan – Manoj Leelanivas, SVP and GM, Juniper Networks
6. Mobile Future Forward Interview with Steve Elfman – President, Sprint Nextel
7. Is Mobile Local Advertising Finally Poised to Take Off? – William Hsu, SVP and CPO, AT&T Interactive
8. Implications of a Connected Society – Danny Bowman, President, Sprint Nextel
9. Big Data and Mobile – Braxton Woodham, Head of Engineering, AVOS
10. Broadband for All – Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO, LightSquared
11. Wireless Competition and Innovation – Stephen Bye, CTO, Sprint Nextel
12. The Future of the Personal Information Economy: Enabling Success Across the Mobile Ecosystem – Ken Denman, CEO, Openwave
13. T-Commerce – Carving Out and Extending E-Commerce – Ramneek Bhasin, SVP and GM, TheFind
14. The Case for Building a Mobile Broadcast Content Delivery Network – The Critical Piece to Fulfilling Mobile Data Demands of the Future – Erik Moreno, SVP, FOX Network
15. Connected Devices – Redefining the Channel – Biju Nair, Chief Strategy Officer, Synchronoss Technologies
16. How Mobile Can Turn Retailers Into Media Companies – Dale Nitschke, CEO, Ovative Group
17. The Future of (Mobile) Communications – Carlos Domingo, CEO, Telefonica R&D
18. Competition and the Evolution of Mobile Markets – Chetan Sharma, President, Chetan Sharma Consulting
In his 1943 paper titled “A Theory of Human Motivation”, the famed philosopher Abraham Maslow theorized his observations of human needs and curiosities. His pyramid came to depict the human hierarchy of needs. If we map the physiological, safety, love, esteem, and self-actualization needs onto how much we spend as a community, it correlates rather well. As you would expect, human spending behavior is tightly tied to the basic needs. The amount of money we spend on these basic needs might vary by demographics or region but in aggregate, we tend to spend the most for the things that are the bottom of the pyramid – shelter, food, and water.
Over time, entrepreneurs have used technology to drive fundamental changes in consumer behavior for e.g. Microsoft with personal computers, Google with search, Apple with devices, Facebook with social connections. Of course, the web of interconnection, the various vertical industries that map against the human needs is very complex and as new technology cycles come into play, inventors get busy with enhancing performance sometimes by manifold to keep up with the insatiable demand and appetite to do more.
It is very clear that mobile will be at the center of human evolution for years to come. Mobile collapses time and distance and as such impacts every facet of our lives. While we have come to know the mobile phone as a communications device, their role in our daily lives has been expanding. From checking emails, paying for tickets, sending money transfers, taking pictures of your kids, watching soccer World Cup live, checking commodity pricing, to emergency response to mHealth (mobile Health), mobile devices have become an essential tool to help us navigate our day. As we alluded to earlier, it is not just the traditional phones that have cellular connection these days; we are slowly but surely moving into an era where a majority of electronic devices from small tags to giant billboards will have a communication channel that both machines and humans can interact with.
Mobile also plays a key role in how we go about the most basic transaction in a given day that keeps the economy humming – spend.
In this paper, we will take a look at how the connected universe of devices and sensors are going to impact the way we spend and how all this creates new opportunities to meet the basic human needs.
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