When Jason Hope says what the next big thing is, people listen

The Internet of Things promises to be one of the greatest developments in technology that has been seen this century. Even more than this, some of the technologies encompassed in the Internet of Things promise to transform so radically the lives of everyday people that it may ultimately prove to be as transformative as the Industrial Revolution itself.Jason Hope is one of the most prominent internet entrepreneurs in the United States today. After having a string of great successes, starting his own companies from the ground up and building them into an empire of high-tech gold mines, Hope has a cachet that is unmatched by other voices within the internet entrepreneurial space. Recently, Hope has begun touting the huge possibilities that will accompany the coming advent of the Internet of Things.

And Hope is one to be taken seriously. After having graduated from Arizona State University in the mid-’90s, Hope founded his first startup, Jawa, an internet streaming provider for mobile devices. This company was revolutionary at the time. It was the first company in the United States to have the idea to stream premium mobile content to the users of various devices. This was at a time when most Americans did not yet even own their own cell phone. In an era where most communications took place over the land lines, Hope showed the acumen of a talented visionary, seeing a market years before anyone else even knew that it existed.

Jawa went on to become a highly successful mobile streaming giant. This all occurred before the year 2000. This was a full decade before Steve Jobs had the idea to create the iStore, a service that provided many of the same products that Jawa had 10 years prior. This is just one example of many companies that Hope created, demonstrating an almost uncanny capacity for entrepreneurial virtuosity.For this reason when Hope speaks, the internet listens. Now, Hope believes that the Internet of Things will be the greatest opportunity to present itself to entrepreneurs in the last 200 years.Jason Hope believes that those young entrepreneurs who have the drive and determination to create value using the new technologies will be able to see success, the likes of which have not been seen in all of American history.

 

Less Phones, More Laughs

Going out to eat used to mean enjoying quality time with friends and survey. This of course was before cell phones and social media touched every life in some way, shape, or form. Lately, if one were to go into any restaurant across the nation, they would see at least one diner who is obsessively checking or using their phone. Recently, critics and social analyst have condemned the obsessive use of cellphones and social media. Especially when the user is taking place in a public gathering where talking and laughing amongst friends and family should be taking place.

One woman went beyond critiquing people in their obsession to technology. Instead she created an app to challenge cell phone users to put the phone down and enjoy the company of the people that they love. The app is called Dinner Mode. It challenges users to keep away from their phone for 15, 30, or 60 minutes at a time. Sloane Davidson created the app when she realized how disconnected her family was at meal time gatherings. Sloane could remember a time where family gatherings meant laughing with relatives and telling each other how their day was. She also noted that these times were where she gained a lot of life insight and a strong foundation. In order to instill still those same qualities in her children, she decided to meet them where they were at. That’s where the idea for the app saved the day. Sloane has received numerous emails from parents and friends who feel like mealtime gatherings are becoming more of a social outlet then they have in previous years. The app creator is even looking into incentives for users who successfully keep off of their phones. If the app continues to gain success, Sloane’s dream of a more engaging social climate will be a reality. An attorney acquaintance of mine,  Gianfrancesco Genoso, requires all the phones be set upside down in the middle of the table, no ringtones allowed.