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Bumping apps between smartphones: note to Apple/Google et al

Bump for iPhone or Android shows how powerful and convenient it can be, exchanging info between mobile devices of willing parties.  So why not "bump" apps too?

At a recent Mobile Monday networking event in San Francisco, the panel talked quite a bit about various themes to get traction for an app, all which focused on online techniques (virality, getting featured, targeting, etc).

So where're the killer traction techniques which involve physical presence?  It was ironic to be at a physical networking event, with an audience of people all having smartphones talking shop about apps, and no great way to conveniently share apps.  There's a real parallel here to an inefficiency that Bump solves for exchanging info -- it takes time and imposes a real disruption when you want to download an app which someone else exposes you to.  So a lot of people say they'll try out an app "later" and never do.  What would be really cool to see, is the concept of Bump applie…

The Moller Skycar should be a sky-van

The Moller Skycar is one of the all-time top stories at the intersections of dreams, vision & uber-cool technology.  And if there were an award for the longest-running in this category, it would be a top contender.  Barring the historically momentary reality-distortion-field that was the Segway scooter (a.k.a. "IT"), which purportedly would have cities built around it, it's hard to think of another story which would more radically advance the way we transit and live.

But the Moller Skycar efforts look to me to be surfing the wrong initial wave.  It feels like a classic case of over-focus on delivering a version 5.0 as the 1st release.  Why develop an initial market for Skycars based on passenger transportation?  Executing a huge dream is already up against the exponential laws of complexity.  Why not push the passenger Skycar to a later-term goal, and 1st develop a completely computer operated sky-van for transporting packages and goods?  This would skirt a lot of co…