Quality Information on the Internet and Ecommerce

Mary Meeker is a venture capitalist focusing on the internet and new technologies.  She’s a partner at the VC firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Every year, Mary offers up her Internet Trends report in the form of slides.  This year, it’s 294 slides long, but I’m asking you not to be put off by the length.

Some of the slides have very little on them.  Some you may not care about.  Speaking for myself, some you may not quite understand.  “Hyperconverged Infrastructure” sent me scurrying to Wikipedia.

Okay, so maybe you don’t want to look at all the slides, though I think you’d find it well worthwhile.  But the sections on e-commerce, advertising, and consumer spending might get your attention.  Those sections start on slide 44.  Look, just go to slide 71 on the extent to which social media is driving product discovery and purchasing.  If that doesn’t get your attention, I give up.

Personally, I hope you choose to spend some time on the last section (starting at slide 278) on where your tax dollars go and the debt we’ve built up.

Here’s the link to Mary’s presentation where you can view and, if you want, download the report.  No charge.

2 replies
  1. Kel
    Kel says:

    Wow, the US government over the next couple of decades is going to face some tough decisions. Those slides are pretty staggering.

    • jeff
      jeff says:

      Hi Kel,
      Glad you read that section. Hope others do as well. You won’t see any of that in the mass media and none of your elected representative will bring it up because we won’t vote for them if they tell us just how bad it is. It’s not just the national debt- it’s the unfunded liabilities (state and federal) for various entitlement programs (pensions, social security, medicare, etc.) It isn’t just the U.S. either. It’s pretty much a worldwide problem. As a group, there is no tax increase big enough to salvage these programs in the their current forms. It’s bad enough that I suggest if you live in a city or state (Chicago and New Jersey come to mind) where the pensions are dramatically underfunded, you should move. It’s already happening in Chicago. If you want to be truly terrified, go here, scroll down a little, and start reading John’s series on debt from part one.


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