Worldwide Wireless Data Trends

Chetan Sharma writes:

The #1 carrier worldwide in terms of total wireless data revenues for the first six months of 2006 is NTT DoCoMo with over $5.1B in data revenues. It was followed by China Mobile ($3.9B), KDDI ($3.3B), Verizon Wireless ($1.9B), and Cingular Wireless ($1.9B). Sprint Nextel, O2 UK, Vodafone Japan, SK Telecom, and China Unicom filled the rest of the top 10 slots respectively.

In terms of applications, messaging accounts for lion-share of data revenues. However, other services such as Mobile Music, Mobile TV and video streaming, Mobile Games, IMS, LBS, Mobile advertising, and others have captured industrys imagination. Though not much talked about, enterprise applications are also being adopted widely esp. in North America as more workers become mobile and corporations seek efficiencies in their operations and supply-chain.

Business Angels

The Economist writes:

It has become harder in recent years with the opening of what has been called the equity gapa scarcity of ready sources of outside financing for the smallest companies. This matters in an age that has recognised the part new businesses play in invigorating economies. Governments everywhere are desperate to help entrepreneurs start the companies that will create new jobs and new wealth.

Which is where the ragtag army of business angels comes in. Professional venture capitalists get all the kudosand most of the moneybut the informal choir of business angels plays a large role in starting the innovation machine rolling. Between them, the angels form an unofficial and little-known capital market on which the future is built.

Philanthropy at Google

The New York Times writes:

The ambitious founders of Google, the popular search engine company, have set up a philanthropy, giving it seed money of about $1 billion and a mandate to tackle poverty, disease and global warming.

But unlike most charities, this one will be for-profit, allowing it to fund start-up companies, form partnerships with venture capitalists and even lobby Congress. It will also pay taxes.

One of its maiden projects reflects the philanthropys nontraditional approach. According to people briefed on the program, the organization, called Google.org, plans to develop an ultra-fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid car engine that runs on ethanol, electricity and gasoline.