Seems what goes up, must come down or at least so it is with that latest mystery that is the Facebook IPO of this past week. Following the story like investing in it has been a real roller coaster ride.
I don’t have a brilliant take or any insight on this but have had a gut reaction and must be among the many millions of investment naive folks sitting on the sidelines trying to figure out what the implications of this are and what any of this means. I am sure many folks will find ways to get rich off of this and some unfortunate others will lose bundles. Meanwhile us observers will continue to backseat drive and watch the scene go by.
I am not exactly sure what’s in store for us this year or if the doomsday prophecies are real, but for me stepping into a new year without a stirring Steve Jobs MacWorld keynote is less than dazzeling. The whole world of technology and innovation will continue but one of its brightest lights is dimmed and missing.
A print article I recently browsed seemed to suggest that maybe we should turn to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as a possible Steve Jobs replacement. Surely you must be kidding me! Mark Zuckerberg is no Steve Jobs!
It was just a short bit ago when the tech world was dominated by Microsoft. Research In Motion seemed to have theworld of mobility squarely in its pocket, then suddenly something happened.
Today Apple and Google rule the roost with Twitter and Facebook becoming forces. Who knows who will step forward tommorrow?
CES2012 might go a long way provide some strong clues or indications of who the real players might be in coming times but if history is any indicator whomever it iswill slowly emerge from the clutter and noise with a product or service most of us cannot live without. We will all wonder what the heck we did before it came into our lives. Theimitatorswill scramble to clone, reverse engineer or under price whatever it turns out to be. Companies will rise or fall. Pundits will tear it apart or extol it.
Consultants will try to figure out how to pimp andmonetize it, users will scratch their heads trying to figure out exactly what to do with it, innovators will attempt to figure ways to integrate enhance, extend or mash it with.
I predict that we will all meet back here (Lord willing) at years end and wonder, what’s next?