Roger McNamee On HTML5 And The Future of The Web

Elevation Partners Director and Co-Founder Roger McNamee recently gave a talk at The Paley Center For Media.

I haven’t had time to listen all the way through, but BusinessInsider was kind enough to recap many of his key points.

For example:

  • Microsoft’s share of internet-connected devices has gone from 95% to under 50% in 3 years.
  • Apple will sell a hundred million internet-connected devices this year. That’s two thirds of the PC market.
  • The iPad is the training wheels for HTML5. iPad apps show us what we need to beat in terms of creating a better experience on HTML5.
  • Don’t try to be “social”: the big social platforms are created. You can’t create a social company, it’s just a checkbox. “The last 500 social companies funded by the VC community are all worthless.

This is a guy who puts his money where his mouth is, so even if you don’t agree with all that he’s saying, his point of view might help make you money.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.