Has The Digital Age Changed Our Relationship With Music?


Is our relationship with music changed because we no longer physically hold it? I look at how the lack of a physical product makes us value music differently, or worse, less. 

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Web Summit 2015: Music, Us, and the Future

Web Summit 2015 is the Tech Mecca for Innovation and Trends

Web Summit 2015 promises to have a lot of interesting discussion surrounding music and digital trends. Read on to find out where I’ll be and what I’m excited to hear about.
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Why Music Needs Another Revolution

His_Master_s_VoiceThere hasn’t been a game changing revolution for unsigned artists since the start of the recording industry. That has to change and here’s why. Continue reading

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Join in VentureFest Scotland 2015

venturefest-scotland-2015Unicorns – that rarest of creatures – have now made Scotland their home. With the recent birth of a second Scottish unicorn through FanDuel, the dream of a global tech hub in this beautiful land of the wee dram is now a reality.
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6 Key Highlights from Mary Meeker’s Annual Internet Trends Report 2015

Mary Meeker’s annual 2015 Internet Trends report is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the impact of technology on the world.  The trends in business, education, government, healthcare, communication, consumer lifestyle and global impact are all mentioned as the online world continues to evolve.  The 2015 edition does not disappoint with its thought provoking insights and ‘wow’ factor.  This year marks 20 years that Mary has been doing this report, from the early days when she began as a Wall Street analyst to today as a Venture Capital guru with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB).

6 Key Highlights:

1) Almost 40% of the Global Population is Online

% of Internet Population

The impact of this online revolution has been extraordinary, but is still overwhelmingly consumer driven.  Although business is the next biggest driver of online usage – education, healthcare and government have barely tapped into the potential.  As this evolves, it will be a game changer.

2) User Control of Content

Content Evolution

We choose what we want to consume in our own time.  We also collaborate, curate, create and share, often from our smartphones.

3) The Rise of Messaging Apps

Messaging Apps

We communicate individually, in groups and with several of these apps at the same time.

4) Continuing Evolution of Mobile

Mobile Evolution

  • Now a viable broadband option
  • Vertical viewing (videos are 29% of screen time in US)
  • Smartphones and Millennials are inseperable
  • Advertising is under served with bad ad formats (how many of us try to stab our screen to close an annoying pop up)

5) Entrepreneurs – Consumer v Enterprise

Consumer Enterprise Pain:Pleasure

This really resonated with me.  So many of our resources in the office around building software and creating processes is about trying to stop pain points.  If we changed our thinking to innovation and passion, it could transform the workplace.

6) Our work lives are changing

Online Platforms to Supplement Income

eBay and Amazon started the online product marketplace movement, but now people have easy access to freelancing work as well as using their cars or homes to supplement income.  It creates flexibility and opportunity.  However, this has also caused a variety of regulatory and tax issues as policy tries to catch up with technology.

The report also contains some standalone slides on the trends in China and India.  Here is the link for the full 2015 Internet Trends report.  No matter what sector you work in, this report is well worth a read.


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Join me at London Tech Week 15 – 21 June

Following the innovative game changers and global digital revolution of the last 20 years, tech companies around the world have unprecedented opportunities to reach new markets. London has become one of the hotbeds of global tech innovation and the United States remains one of the most attractive markets for any tech company that wants to fuel their global growth, have access to investment capital and increase profits.  Next week, we bring London and the US together for a couple of events. Continue reading

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Amazon, Google, Facebook and now the IRS

Big Data EyeBig data.  The digital age.  Our digital footprints.  This post is an update to what I wrote last September about the IRS using data mining to find non compliant taxpayers, particularly those offshore. Continue reading

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