They say a recession is when your friend loses their job but a depression is when you lose yours. By that definition, it’s now a depression. Yes, I lost my job as VP of Disruptive Technologies at AMR Research. Paradoxically, however, this now lets me begin blogging as I don’t have to worry about a byzantine approval process but instead have only to ask myself “do I have the time and energy?”
The time: most certainly. Right before the new year, I ruptured my quadriceps tendon and underwent surgery on January 5. For at least another month, I’m largely confined to the house with my leg in a hip-to-ankle brace. Every hour or two, I’ll get out of bed and hobble around on a walker to get the blood flowing, but beyond that, I’m not going anywhere so I do have the time. The energy? As you might imagine, it took me several days to get my head around the double whammy of surgery-and-rehab and losing-my-job. OK…it’ll take more than a few days to get my head around that. But I’m optimistic about the future, mine and the technologies I’ve been looking at for years now.
And so I begin to blog about disruptive technologies. Those of you who are familiar with my research for the last year know that I defined four pillars of disruption:
- Social networking and other community-based technologies,
- Cloud computing, and
- Alternative (typically ad-supported) business models.
This is certainly a broad agenda and I’ll try to do justice to it here. If you want to join the conversation, by all means please do. If you need someone to look at your business and help with strategy, messaging and positioning, I’m your man (and for now, I’ve got the time). Thanks for joining me here and let’s all survive the beginning of 2009 and thrive as the year goes on.
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