The summer of 2014 is shaping up to be one of those critical times in technology when new platforms emerge and fast-moving companies seize the resulting opportunities. In the age of wearable and connected devices, who will take charge?
To figure all this out, we plan on talking to some of the smartest people we know at ReadWriteMix, the intimate Q&A series we hold in Say Space, right below the ReadWrite newsroom in San Francisco’s SoMa district.
Our exploration of the new app economy begins Wednesday night with Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, who will help us understand the direction of the wearable industry. We all know about the Kickstarter enthusiasts who provided Pebble with its initial rocket boost. But the company’s fate now lies in the hands of equally passionate developers who are creating a new category of apps.
Beginning with this event, ReadWriteMix is also proud to be supporting Girls Who Code through attendee donations.
Locating The Wearable Future
I’m pleased to announce our next two speakers, who will carry this theme through the summer: Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.
While many remain skeptical, I believe Foursquare’s in the midst of an incredible comeback. After years of tinkering with ideas for generating money, the location service is selling ads and linking up with powerful partners like Microsoft and American Express.
More importantly, through its application programming interface, Foursquare has become a vital component of other apps like on-demand transportation service Uber and Pinterest, the visual search engine.
Though Foursquare rose to prominence on the iPhone, its location database could become a key way that wearable devices link us with nearby businesses and people. Our interview with Crowley will take place June 3, during the week of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where many hope to see news about new wearable platforms and advances to existing phones and tablets.
Hear How We’ll Read All About It
ReadWrite’s look inside the app economy will continue through the summer. On August 13, we’ll host Flipboard’s Mike McCue.
McCue likewise has experience innovating on new platforms. His company bet on the iPad as a new way of getting news. It now has more than 100 million users on tablets, smartphones, and the Web, and it’s working with publishers to create new ways for readers to find the news that matters to them. (I know that at ReadWrite, we see Flipboard come up more and more often as a hitmaker for our stories.)
Among other topics, we’ll ask McCue about his recent acquisition of Zite, a rival news reader, and the tension between editorial selection and promotion of stories and the use of automated algorithms to find the stories readers will love.
We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming ReadWriteMix events. To learn when we’ve opened up reservations, please visit ReadWrite’s events page. We’ll have all the details there.
ReadWrite is proud to support Girls Who Code through its ReadWriteMix events. We ask attendees to make a minimum $10 donation to reserve their seat, with all proceeds going to Girls Who Code.