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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Next Billion Network

I have been in love with wireless/mobile industry since 1997. Wireless represents Freedom, Mobility, and Sharing (FMS). These are essential attributes of human progress. And, FMS is becoming increasingly important for technology, business, and economic progress.

Finally, there is an organization that has taken on the mission to apply wireless innovations to contribute to the economic growth 0f a billion people in the under-developed countries. The organization is rightfully called-Next Billion Network (NBN). It is an incubation network at MIT Media Lab. NBN is doing amazing work under the leadership of Jhonatan Rotberg who is the founder of NBN. Currently, there are ~3.5B people who use a wireless phone. However, to connect the next billion people, who are very poor, to the benefits of wireless and to the world, we will need very different business models and applications. And, that's the focus of NBN.

Last week as part of NBN guest lecturer series, I gave a lecture at MIT nextlab class (launching mobile ventures for the next billion consumers) on adoption of innovations. Thanks to the open nature of MIT, the video of the lecture is available below:


Adoption of Innovations from nextlab on Vimeo.

You can download the presentation here. Furthermore, all videos of the nextlab lectures are available at http://nextlab.mit.edu/spring2009/main/lectures/

Enjoy!