Friday, May 20, 2011

Technology Adoption

A note on how we use technology (and who uses it) how that's changed (Ben Horowitz via Paul Kedrosky):

20 years ago, the technology adoption curve generally conformed to the following order:

1. Government—specifically Defense and Intelligence organizations
2. Businesses—with large businesses going first and smaller businesses adopting later
3. Consumers

Today things have completely reversed. The latest technology goes to consumers first, followed by small enterprises that behave like consumers, then larger ones, then the military. The stunning reversal is one of many profound side effects of broad scale Internet adoption.
The shift is I think as remarkable as it is empowering.

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