Mobile Data: For Carriers, It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts.

MIT TechReview on CDR mining

I’ve often argued that the data inside the carriers’ networks could become as valuable as the data they carry over their networks.  To date, carriers have been less aggressive/creative about analyzing and making this data available, mostly, and appropriately, due to privacy concerns.   Meanwhile, 3rd parties like Sense Networks, and to a certain extent startups like foursquare, twitter, whrrl, brightkite, loopt, geodelic and geoapi, etc., find ways to go over the top to collect and profit from this data.

I expect to see more movement on the part of carriers to open up their data stores in secure fashions that ensure privacy (Vodaphone and VZW providing developer access to “network enablers” is a start).  Whether it’s advertising, traffic planning, social networking or any application that benefits from real-time and non real-time aggregated location information, the opportunity for carriers to be the authoritative, low-cost, secure and trusted provider of such information is too great.

Designing for the Real Life Social Network

“The problem is that the social networks we’re creating online don’t match the social networks we already have offline.  This creates many problems, and a few opportunities.”

Excellent talk by Paul Adams of the UX team at Google about designing for relationships.  You can just see the next wave of social networking sites incorporating these multi-identity, multi-group and multi-relationship themes. There’s also some good stuff around traditional notions of influence and influencers incorporating social network shape, message persistence, flow dynamics, and a heightened focus on influenceability. A few tidbits about Amazon ratings that I though were interesting:

  • Ratings that are linked to people’s real names are 20% higher than those that aren’t.
  • Half of the top 1000 reviewers on Amazon don’t use their real name.

The Real Life Social Network v2

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Booz-Allen’s S-1 and an imaginary ATS IPO

Booz-Allen is going public, and since they are in some sense an ATS writ large (very large), their S-1 (BoozAllen-S1) is instructive as a template for an imaginary ATS IPO  (I know, I know – ATS is an “important part” of Telcordia…).

In July 2008, BAH was acquired for roughly $2.2 billion by Carlyle who shed the commercial and international businesses and retained the government consulting operation.

So what has BAH been able to do in the short period of time under their private equity owners?    Follow the jump for more nuggets from the S-1 Continue reading