This year was expected to be so full of unprecedented upheavals that getting it right would be tougher than ever.
Maybe that means it’s a good time to check what someone who many feel deserves that title was predicting for this year, at the end of last year. Watch the video, listen to the predictions, then decide how well he’s doing so far.
Here’s some background on Mark Anderson from his website:
Mark Anderson is the CEO of the Strategic News Service™ (SNS) and its consulting practice, Technology Alliance Partners (TAP), and is chairman of the Future in Review (FiRe) Conferences.
SNS was the first subscription-based newsletter on the Internet and is read by technology industry leaders and investors worldwide.
TAP, founded in 1989, provides trends and marketing alliance assistance to countries and companies interested in the convergence of telecommunications and computing.
What he predicted for 2010
“This whole year is one where things that seemed kind of slow moving and innocuous and benign, suddenly become very risky and exciting and I think we’re going to see more fun and more change and more opportunity and more threats for everybody in the tech world this year than we’ve all experienced, probably in our lifetimes”
Mark R. Anderson, Strategic News Service, talking to Arik Hesseldahl, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
The FiRe Conferences are international meetings of leaders in technology, global economics, bioinformatics, and policy, for the purpose of generating an enhanced understanding of future markets.
Mark holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and has taught at Stanford, Harvard, the University of Washington, and other universities.
He is the founder of two software companies and of the Washington Software Alliance WSA (now the Washington Technology Industry Association?) Investors’ Forum, Washington’s premier software investment conference.
A member of the Merrill Lynch TechBrains Advisory Board, Mark is also an advisor and/or investor in Space Exploration Inc. (now Spacex?), Voyager Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Ignition Partners, and others.
Mark is the founder and chairman of SNS Project Inkwell, a global consortium of vendors dedicated to the accelerated deployment of appropriate technology onto pre-university desktops.
He is the founder and chairman of Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation created to reduce Orca whale mortality rates.
He also chairs the Foresight Foundation [there are several bodies this name might refer to, one called global foresight is one that mentions his name], a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to harnessing technology to create dramatic improvement in the human condition.
Mark regularly appears on CNN-TV, National Public Radio, and “Wall Street Review,” and in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the New York Times.
He writes the occasional “Future In Review” technology column for FORTUNE magazine and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world.