Japan really is lost in translation. I guess the only way to understand it well would be to spend five years here. Which I will probably never do. Still Nina and I love Japan – even what we don´t understand. Here are some pictures taken in Asakusa today.
The Fonera 2.0g is on sale in Japan at 6,980JPY. It is available on Amazon and at retail store Yodobashi Camera. We will soon expand our retail sales to BIC Camera and Tsukumo.
Nina and I are now in Japan. After a hectic day of meetings yesterday we had a great time today walking around Shibuya, Roppongi, Hakeshita Street, Omotesando and many other areas. Tokyo is in the details. It is a gigantic city made of tiny, original moments. Here are some pictures that I took as we walked around. If you don´t know Tokyo and get a chance do come to visit. You will not be disappointed.
I have spent the last two days showing the Fonera 2.0n to key opinion makers in the Valley and with a few exceptions I found a clear generational divide. To people over 40, my contemporaries, the key feature of the new Fonera, namely its ability to upload and download is mostly uninteresting. Older people seem to send and receive few large files from the Internet. People in their 20s however want one. They spend an incredible amount of time uploading to YouTube, Facebook, and to some extent Flickr and Picasa. More important they spend and even greater amount of time downloading from Bit Torrent sites, Megaupload, Rapidshare and they know what it is to wait and wait for content to download. For older people the only feature that they find interesting is converting 3G to WiFi (some spoke about using it for the kids in the van) and backing up their files. For many of them the feature that we are working on that will allow you to ask your computer to download torrents via Twitter and to be notified when they are done, was irrelevant. Because of my age, I should be on the group that finds the Fonera uninteresting. But I live in a country, Spain, in which we pay a tax on hard drives and digital memories of all kinds and then we are allowed to download whatever we want for personal use. Moreover I also download paid and free content. And as you can see in this blog, especially in the Spanish version, I also upload. There are tons of videos that I send to YouTube. As I switch to HD, at 100MB per minute of video content trying to reach Youtube, the waiting during uploading is exasperating. Instead with the Fonera 2.0n I send the video over WiFi to the Fonera 2.0n and go to work, in a few hours it is in Youtube.
So just like I had the idea for while Fon searching for WiFi in Paris in late ’05, I got the idea for the Fonera 2.0n a year later while trying to free up my laptop from doing tedious tasks that required me to wait at home such as uploading and downloading. In general I would say that I design products that I like to use. And thanks to the amazing team of developers we have at Fon, they happen. But from what I have seen my products are unfortunately not for my generation. Still so long as there are people who are willing to buy them why should I care if they are not in their 40s?
Last night at the Village Pub in Silicon Valley (Woodside, CA), we launched the Fonera 2.0n WiFi router – available for sale in Europe (€79) on September 15th and in the US ($99) on October 15th. The Fonera 2.0n is similar to the Fonera 2.0g but has a much more powerful processor and is built around the 802.11n standard which means that it has greater range, bandwidth and speed than its predecessor. The launch was attended by 30 of the most important bloggers, Twitterers and news organizations in the world, including The New York Times and The Economist.
Thanks to Loic Le Meur and Geraldine who organised a great event.
Here is the full press release.
A few pictures below. You can also see nice pics of the dinner @briansolis
Martin Varsavsky + Nina Wiegand – FON
Loic Le Meur + Geraldine Le Meur – Seesmic
Bernardo Hernandez – Google
Michael Arrington – TechCrunch
Seth Sternberg – Meebo
Gabe Rivera – TechMeme
Dave McLure – Founders Fund
Jeremiah Owyang – Forrester
Brian Solis – Future Works
Joanna Rees – VSPCapital + John Hamm
Ariel Pohler – Textmarks
Jeff Clavier – SoftTechVC + Babette Clavier
Dave Morin – Facebook
Brittany Bohnet – Google
Randi Zuckerberg – Facebook
Louis Gray – louisgray.com
Jack Dorsey – Twitter
Jennifer Leggio – ZDNet
Robert Scoble – RackSpace
Erik Lammerding – Apple
Paul Boutin – New York Times
Troy Wolverton – San Jose Mercury News
Martin Giles – The Economist
ijustine – Twitter star
@veronica – another Twitter star
What is the easiest way to help the credit markets in America? Raising equity. What is the easiest way to raise a trillion dollars in equity for the depressed US real estate market? Giving a green card to any honest citizen from anywhere in the world who buys a home in the US for a minimum price of $500K without a mortgage. Why would a Russian, Chinese, Saudi, or any citizen from anywhere do this? Because having the possibility of moving to the United States to work with your family, even if you don´t take advantage of that possibility in itself is worth a lot. Now green cards have the disadvantage of global taxation even if the holder lives outside USA. That would also have to change for this offer to be attractive with the green card holders only paying taxes if they actually move to USA. The math is simple. 2 million buyers at bargain US prices would generate 1 trillion dollars in equity.
Tariq Krim’s latest startup Jolicloud, maker of the internet operating system for netbooks, has completed its first round of funding with Atomico Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners. Niklas Zennström, the co-founder of Skype, and serial entrepreneur Gilles Samoun will be joining the board. Former COO of Skype, Michael Jackson, will also join as an advisor. The investment will allow Jolicloud to accelerate development and expand its global network of partners.
The French startup is developing a Linux-based operating system to provide free and easy access to a new generation of web applications on the most affordable computers, accelerating the widespread adoption of cloud computing.
Jolicloud is in private alpha and will be released as a public beta later this year. I have been using it and I love it!
Disclosure: Tariq, Niklas, Janus, Michael are all friends.
FON is seeking a junior technician to reinforce is technical and logistic support team in Madrid.
– Technical and logistic support for French / English speaking countries.
– Translate and collaborate for the documentation of FON products and services.
– Help improving FON services, reporting problems faced by users, with the ability to prioritize and propose solutions.
– Follow IT news in French / English speaking countries.
– Must: French or English as mother tongue. Knowledge of Spanish is an asset.
– Experience in technical support is an asset.
– Good knowledge internet, computers and network technologies (Wireless).
– Good writing skills
– Proven interest in IT and technology in general.
– Proactive approach, will to learn and to be part of the FON project.
If you are interested in this position, please send your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org
When it´s hot smells are stronger. And it´s hot in Miami. Good and bad smells are amplified by temperature. We are on a 5 day vacation in this city which among other things is the undeclared capital of Latin America. English is barely spoken here.
We are here with Nina my fiancee and the two boys, Tom and Leo. We are staying at a huge hotel called the Fontainebleau. It is the ultimate Miami hotel. Only its renovation it´s supposed to have cost a $1bn and they brag about it. Kids love it. Nina seems to enjoy it as well. I alternate. I don´t usually go to hotels and this is the mother of all hotels. It´s gigantic. Crowded. But some of the restaurants, especially Hakkasan are world class.
Here are some random thoughts about Miami. It is hardly an intellectual place yet it seems to be populated with visitors who want to get away from highly intellectual places, for example NYC. It is fashionable when it wants to be but it is also one of the cheesiest places on earth. Sometimes the changes from fashion to horror happen in seconds. The forecast these days is incredibly monotonous and yet the weather changes all the time. People say it´s unbearably hot. I instead think that what is unbearable is how cold every place is. Americans don´t seem to want to manage the weather, they want to defeat it. Miamia is probably the city in USA with the most empty homes at any one time. Especially now in the summer, the low season. Many more people want to have a home here than live here. Spain where I live has a similar problem.
Here are some pictures. I especially liked the beach architecture, the art deco. But I was surprised at the mix of not so much the old and the new, but the fancy and the abandoned. From South Beach to the Fontainebleau, a walk I did this morning I saw the simplest Days Inn type hotels next to amazing new developments like Satay, the W, and others. One plus, the water is amazingly clean for being a major city.
Pictures were taking with my favorite small camera a Canon G10.
Cinch is a voice to RSS service developed by my friend Alan Levy at BlogTalkRadio in collaboration with Dave Winer. It allows anyone to create a podcast using any type of mobile phone with no preregistration required. They are currently rolling it out for the iPhone. Cinch updates will automatically appear on Facebook and Twitter profiles as embedded mp3s in a Flash player. Cinch can also be used as an easy audio commenting platform.
Here is an early beta of the iPhone application.