We’ve always heard about Bill Gates the geek versus Steve Jobs the visionary, but the reality is both had a bit of the other in them. In fact, Gates had probably more vision than Jobs had a geeky side. Here’s some compelling evidence of that.
After reading Gates’ 1999 book “Business @ the Speed of Thought,” Markus Kirjonen – who is a business student at Aalto University in Finland – did a writeup aggregating the Microsoft founder’s boldest predictions for the future. Not surprisingly (to us, at least) many of them have or are in the process of being fulfilled.
Take these two for instance:
- People will carry around small devices that allow them to constantly stay in touch and do electronic business from wherever they are. They will be able to check the news, see flights they have booked, get information from financial markets, and do just about anything else on these devices.
- People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the Internet.
Markus understands that technology makes virtually any process more dynamic, and that computers and networks enable businesses to share knowledge and get feedback on anything infinitely faster and more efficiently. We applaud him for that.
He also has this to say about the importance of communication and team collaboration (two things that we enable every day for service providers and SMBs worldwide):
“A good information system that allows for the sharing of knowledge can help a business in four major areas: planning, customer service, training, and teamwork. Today, we’re seeing highly valued startups focus on one or more of these elements. [Aside from teamwork] the other three seem to be missing key players,” the guy remarks.
Actually, there is a key player not just for those three areas, but for the teamwork aspect as well. That player is us, and our solution to all these problems is just one tool: Hubgets.
Hubgets is a cutting edge communication and collaboration platform based on WebRTC that runs in your browser and supports voice calling, video chat, P2P file sharing, instant messaging, and presence. It also has a big data search & analytics engine, and sports encryption across the board. We’ve put so much effort into this paradigm-shifting tool that it’s poised to make a huge dent in the business sector.
“Could we see newly formed startups becoming large in these fields?” asks our student.
Way ahead of you, Markus. But we agree that there’s still a lot of room for growth, if that’s what you’re asking.