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  • 28 May 2017 14:41 | Anonymous

    Last Wednesday evening I was fortunate enough to attend the 19th Annual Churchill Club (USA) Top Tech Trends event at the Hyatt Regency in sunny Santa Clara. With an impressive turnout of over 500 guests the panel certainly didn't disappoint as they debated their predictions of tech developments that will be realised in the next 5 years.




    1. Redefining Education from the How to the What
      The ability to consume educational content via different channels will both stretch both how children learn and how our children will learn. Through the mental teleportation via VR, classroom experience will shift towards democratising access to virtual travel, global historical sites and novel experiences. Traditional classrooms to will focus on community and team oriented projects. Traditional intellectual endeavors (IQ) will happen virtually and online, while the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) will be the primary focus of development through physical interaction.
      [Mike Abbott, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers]

    2. The Revival of Voice
      The multitouch screen UI finally cracked the code for smartphones. Major breakthroughs in voice will vastly broaden the compute fabric of the world.
      [Steve Jurvetson, DFJ]

    3. Preventing the Plague
      Last year, 2 million people in the US were infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In the next 5 years, we will see a rise in microbiome engineering to create therapies to fight antibiotic resistance and save lives.
      [Rebecca Lynn, Canvas Ventures]

    4. A Startup With IPO Prospects Will Start as an ICO
      Initial Coin Offerings are like the next Kickstarter – an emerging ecosystem that becomes the springboard of a new wave of startups. In the next five years, we’ll see a startup whose initial capital was funded entirely by an ICO heralded as the first ICO to IPO.[Sarah Tavel, Benchmark]

    5. Food Production will be Revolutionised Globally
      With 7 billion people on the planet and the high cost of certain foods like beef, Indoor Farming, new plant based foods are emerging. Scalability not adoption is the key 5-yr test.
      [Hans Tung, GGV Capital]

    6. Rise of DNA Applications (DA) Due to Low Cost Sequence
      The radical decrease of the cost of genomic sequencing will enable superior diagnostic tools that will trigger a dramatic shift to proactive from reactive medical treatments improving patient care and reducing health care costs. Cancer detection will be detected at the initial cancer cell development vs tumour development. Discoveries with our microbiome will revolutionise medicine as we shift from deploying a WMD, to our gut, to gardening our intestinal flora. Rise of the smart toilet! As people live longer due to the discovery of how we can maintain our telomere length, more services and advancements will be focused on enabling robust and thriving lifestyles. From novel social networks to simulated human connections in VR, ageing will be redefined.
      [Mike Abbott, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers]

    7. The Deep Edge: The Embedding of Inference Engines / Neural Nets / Tiny Brains in Everything
      Couple some local intelligence to each sensor and the internet of things becomes the sensory cortex of the planet.
      [Steve Jurvetson, DFJ]

    8. Breaking Up is Hard to Do
      Trump will bring antitrust suits against Amazon, which will lead to a significant weakening of online megastores and a rise of direct-to-consumer companies. And Trump won’t stop at Amazon…
      [Rebecca Lynn, Canvas Ventures]

    9. A Billion-Dollar Outcome will be Built on Understanding Our Microbiome
      We have millions of organisms living in and on our bodies that we’re only now starting to understand. In the next five years, a startup will emerge that will not only help us understand our own unique ecosystems, but also how to optimise it. The company that does will have a billion-dollar+ outcome.
      [Sarah Tavel, Benchmark]

    10. Retail Stores Will Become Showrooms and VR Experiences
      Offline retail will continue its steady decline as more customers move to online and toward brands with mass market appeal. Malls will become community service centers offering everything from day care to tax services.
      [Hans Tung, GGV Capital]


    You can watch the event in it's entirety on YouTube.

  • 24 Mar 2017 14:42 | Anonymous

    There are 4 key stages in any business, no matter what the size, that need to be strategised and executed correctly to reach full potential. These stages are Launch, Grow, Sustain and Scale. Too often businesses confuse Growth vs Scale and consequently pay the price in the short and long run.

    In this session with Mihir Thaker of The Missing Link we explored:

    • What it IS and IS NOT
    • Confusing Growth & Scale
    • Key Dimensions of Growth (Intangible vs Tangible)
    • Key Dimensions of Scaling (Intangible vs Tangible)
    • When & How To Scale?
    • BONUS: Framework for Growth & Scale

    View Growth vs Scaling in Business key slides

  • 7 Mar 2017 14:43 | Anonymous

    On the back of hosting the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress late last year and with transport equipment being Victoria’s second largest manufacturing industry contributing $3.8B to the local economy, we’re at the tipping point for redefining mobility for future generations and Victoria wants in, aiming to make the home of the world’s most liveable city, more liveable.

    We explored:

    • The transport technologies emerging in Victoria
    • What makes Victoria an ideal testing ground?
    • Community & end user benefits – including congestion and safety
    • Challenges faced by the sector – including regulatory and safety


    Susan Harris – CEO, ITS Australia
    Zac McClelland – Cofounder & Project Leader, VicHyper
    Dr Anna Newberry – Driver Assistance Technologies, Ford Australia
    Michael Caltabiano – CEO, ARRB


    1. Infrastructure adaptability and policy adaptability are two biggest challenges for ITS.
    2. We need to push for better data networks and not just within our capital cities in order to roll out a range of ITS technologies for Australia.
    3. Better outcomes can be obtained in the short term without changing infrastructure, simply through improved connectivity and application of data.
    4. The Victorian Government is actively looking to understand how people in inner, middle and outer Melbourne make decisions about accessing our transport system, including the human factors driving those decisions such as access, time, quality and family.
    5. The Federal Government has committed as part of updated National Policy Framework, to put together roadmap of infrastructure for connected vehicle technology within next 12 months.
    6. In Australia $20b is spent in constructing roads every year and the national road network is valued at $250b yet we only invest $63m in research. The investment in research needs to be at least $263m, otherwise next generation technologies will be left sitting at the station.
    7. Insurers want IP on driverless technology and access to demonstration opportunities to resolve the question of liability. Who is driving, what do I insure, who do I insure?
    8. A competitive advantage we have over Europe and USA is reduced complexities in getting multiple jurisdictions to agree on an outcome.
    9. Professor Hugh Bradlow, Telstra’s Chief Scientist says in 2030 he sees a driverless future.
    10. We need to envisage an adapted, connected future, not focus solely on roads. What connectivity does the community want – not what access to the road network do they want. 

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