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World in Figures: Mobile Telephone

Posted on Friday, Jan 26th 2007

Subscribers per 100 people:

1. Luxembourg 138.2

2. Hong Kong 118.8

3. Sweden 108.5

4. Italy 108.2

5. Czech Republic 105.6

6. Israel 105.3

7. Norway 103.6

8. UK 102.2

9. Slovenia 100.5

10. Taiwan 100.3

Note: US is not in the top 30.

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Davos: Clean Water Fight

Posted on Friday, Jan 26th 2007

“This year, for example, several groups in Davos are pushing initiatives designed to improve the delivery of clean water to the developing world. Meanwhile in Nairobi, water NGOs are pushing their own initiatives to the same end at the “other” event. Both sides cite the same shocking figures – that more than one billion people in the world have no access to clean water, or that 90% of deaths from water-related diseases in the developing world occur in children under five years old. – WSJ”

“Building a Company That Can Turn Deserts into Forests and Provide Affordable Water to Everyone on Earth – Making Desalination Affordable”
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Amazing economics: today, it costs $6-8 to desalinise one gallon of sea water and turn it into drinkable water; with this technology, one is able to do this for $0.80.

Very different from the kind of business we are all used to.

Very successful small company (2007 forecast: $50M, doubling every year in a big worldwide market).

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Mobile Music Forecasts

Posted on Friday, Jan 26th 2007

EE Times:

Global spending on mobile music from ring tones to full-track downloads is expected to reach $32.2 billion by 2010, with consumers in the Asia-Pacific region and Japan leading the market, a researcher said Tuesday.

Spending on music for handsets is forecast to increase by nearly two and a half times this year’s predicted $13.7 billion, Gartner said in its global outlook for the mobile music market. The growth will occur despite competition from digital music players, and a host of challenges faced by telecommunications carriers in delivering these services.

Ring tones today are the second most popular mobile data service, with text messaging No. 1 in terms of use and revenue, Gartner said.

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People-less Businesses

Posted on Thursday, Jan 25th 2007

From Paul Kedrosky, an interesting statistic:

Personal businesses are a surprisingly large part of the American economy. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, at the end of 2004 almost 20 million Americans operated businesses with no employees. Businesses without a payroll make up over 70% of the nation’s businesses, and almost one million new businesses without payrolls were added in 2004 (the latest available data).

One More for the Cell Phone

Posted on Thursday, Jan 25th 2007

WSJ: The Miniaturization of Projectors : “Business users might also find such a cellphone feature handy, enabling them to project a PowerPoint slide presentation or videos onto a large, flat surface.

Microvision Inc. unveiled a working prototype of the tiny projector at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month in what it hopes to be a lucrative new business for the maker of scanning technology. The company plans to sell a projector that plugs into small devices like handsets by mid-2008. Cellphones with embedded projectors will be available by the end of that year, it says.”

This is really cool! One more step in the direction of cutting the cords and being able to get by with just one device : a small, compact mobile device.

Grand Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century

Posted on Thursday, Jan 25th 2007

Interesting post on how The National Academy of Engineering is asking the public for help in determining the grand engineering challenges of the 21st century.

Neat idea.

Davos: Energy’s Next Big Thing

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 24th 2007

“But Google’s Mr. Page had another topic on his mind: energy transmission. He said innovations are badly needed in energy transmission networks. Google is a heavy user of power for the armies of computer servers it must maintain, and it has to seek out cheap power geographically.”

Yes, and India and China will need power grids with a lot of intelligence to support their 8-12% growth over the next decade.

Private Equity Needs Exit

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 24th 2007

WSJ reports that UGS, owned by Siemens, Bain Capital and Silverlake, is about to be sold to Siemens, for $3.5 Billion. The company was purchased 3 years back for $2 Billion.

Deals have become much larger since.

The WSJ articles hints at an issue the industry is facing: Exit. While there may be players who can buy $3-$4 Billion companies, those in the $10-$15-$20 Billion range will have no other option but to go back to being public again. Conceivably, that would mean that the number and size of IPOs will go up in the next few years, given that the Private Equity activity is so high at the moment.