“Innovation guru” John Kao on my cell phone

Wow, what an afternoon. First I did a very quick, or is that “Qik” interview of David Marcus, founder of Zong, which is a mobile content delivery platform, which was announced today. Then we went went over to John Kao’s office, where we had a long interview, that’ll run Monday as part of our launch of FastCompany.tv, but here’s a little taste, thanks to my cell phone. He taught business at Harvard for 14 years, is a professional-grade musician, among many other things which you’ll discover in our “professional grade” interview that we did with our brand new hi-def camcorders (we’ll talk more about our equipment next week). I wish I was 1/100th the man that John is. Just getting some awesome people onto video. Who’s next?

13 thoughts on ““Innovation guru” John Kao on my cell phone

  1. Hi Gregg. Just wanted to comment on your remark. Zong does allow you to send non-premium messages to your users. In that scenario, you need to pay for them. The price per message depends on volume. On another note, I think we still have a massive opportunity to monetize web audiences on mobile. Value perception is still very different and the payment is so seamless that it doesn’t hurt users the way it would if they were taking a credit card out of their wallet. A good example is the price of full-track song on iTunes, which comes at 99¢. Take the same, lower quality, shorter track sold as a ringtone on AT&T, it sells for $2.99. Also, mobile is often the perfect monetization route for younger demographics that don’t have credit cards but who are avid mobile users.

  2. Hi Gregg. Just wanted to comment on your remark. Zong does allow you to send non-premium messages to your users. In that scenario, you need to pay for them. The price per message depends on volume. On another note, I think we still have a massive opportunity to monetize web audiences on mobile. Value perception is still very different and the payment is so seamless that it doesn’t hurt users the way it would if they were taking a credit card out of their wallet. A good example is the price of full-track song on iTunes, which comes at 99¢. Take the same, lower quality, shorter track sold as a ringtone on AT&T, it sells for $2.99. Also, mobile is often the perfect monetization route for younger demographics that don’t have credit cards but who are avid mobile users.

  3. Interesting, we’ll have to see how this pans out. His accomplishments would indicate the potential for success. But why not something related to music?

  4. Interesting, we’ll have to see how this pans out. His accomplishments would indicate the potential for success. But why not something related to music?

  5. Scoble, Scoble, dear Scoble,

    What one could learn from Paul Graham spending just less than 250,000 to $500,000..

    You do not plan innovation..you SEED it and give it some water to GROW!

    It grows o fits own accord to whatever vision its following its not PLANNED!

    Scoble, we are doing a video on innovation..maybe you should pan a trip to Chicago??

    Its Web 3.0-ish..

  6. Scoble, Scoble, dear Scoble,

    What one could learn from Paul Graham spending just less than 250,000 to $500,000..

    You do not plan innovation..you SEED it and give it some water to GROW!

    It grows o fits own accord to whatever vision its following its not PLANNED!

    Scoble, we are doing a video on innovation..maybe you should pan a trip to Chicago??

    Its Web 3.0-ish..

  7. Well cue up the cynic.. :)

    Groan, another Harvard suit, doomsday-lecturing us on our supposed failings and proposing an expensive National Innovation Agenda and $20 billion to create 20 innovation hubs.

    Cue up the stump scare-story speeches: “America used to rule, now we are falling behind, spend spend, spend, spend. It’s the only way out. Hellfire and Brimstone, must act now.”

    As if a PLANNED ECONOMIC model has ever worked, haven’t these clustered Harvard types learnt anything from Communisms collapse? Governments don’t will in innovation and prosperity, they ruin it.

  8. Well cue up the cynic.. :)

    Groan, another Harvard suit, doomsday-lecturing us on our supposed failings and proposing an expensive National Innovation Agenda and $20 billion to create 20 innovation hubs.

    Cue up the stump scare-story speeches: “America used to rule, now we are falling behind, spend spend, spend, spend. It’s the only way out. Hellfire and Brimstone, must act now.”

    As if a PLANNED ECONOMIC model has ever worked, haven’t these clustered Harvard types learnt anything from Communisms collapse? Governments don’t will in innovation and prosperity, they ruin it.

  9. What’s the minimum charge Zong will let me set to charge a user per transaction? I could see a lot of web content providers interested in using a service like this primarily as a convenience to their users, and not as a method to generate additional revenue. But that would require that the user fee per transaction be nominal.

  10. What’s the minimum charge Zong will let me set to charge a user per transaction? I could see a lot of web content providers interested in using a service like this primarily as a convenience to their users, and not as a method to generate additional revenue. But that would require that the user fee per transaction be nominal.

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