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The washington post logoSaylor: U.S. Wireless Global Impact

Never stand in line again. The virtual end to credit card fraud. Free education for billions of people.

Fantasy notions? Not in the brilliant mind of Microstrategy CEO and Founder, Michael Saylor. He believes they are very real probabilities in the not-so-distant future, and are just a few of the countless societal benefits possible by the increasing sophistication of wireless communications networks, devices, and software.

Saylor’s McLean, VA-based company is acutely focused on collecting mobile data and using it to provide various forms of intelligence to a wide range of enterprises. He believes the U.S. wireless industry is uniquely poised to help companies improve their services in innovative and cost-efficient ways, which will ultimately enhance the lives of consumers in incredibly advanced fashion by today’s standards.

The United States is the world’s leader in deploying fourth-generation, high-speed wireless technology. That position, coupled with Saylor’s confidence in the global superiority of American mobile software, is sound foundation for his optimism.

However, while U.S. wireless advances are impressive and the potential for economic benefit significant, a key component to the value equation is the allocation of substantial swaths of mobile spectrum for commercial use. Spectrum is comprised of radiofrequencies used to transmit wireless signals, and the predicted exponential increase in future demand combined with the looming U.S. spectrum crisis make a sensible case for more spectrum being brought to market to enable Saylor’s fantastic future.

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Michael Saylor Channels Joseph Schumpeter In His Vision Of An Abundant, Cyber Future

By John Tamny | December 3, 2012

That politicians regularly talk about “job creation” is a strong signal that most have never created any. It’s lost on the political class, but jobs are most plentiful in business sectors where they’re most readily being destroyed.

As the Chairman and CEO of publicly-traded MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor has created quite a few jobs. That’s why his new book, The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, is such an essential read amid troubled times for workers.

On its face The Mobile Wave is about how technology that we can fit in our pocket is set to transform the global economy. Looked at more closely, Saylor’s book is a very upbeat, and very Schumpeterian analysis of how economies grow.

To Saylor, and he means this in a very positive, very Henry Hazlitt way, “Technology is acid. Unleash it and it burns away accumulated inefficiencies in economies, in industries and in products.” Translated: technology erases unnecessary work so that we can constantly migrate toward more productive pursuits. We destroy jobs to create better ones.

Saylor writes of an agricultural revolution that was thousands of years in the making, and that smothered productivity for so much individual effort geared toward growing and finding food. The United States used to be very much an agrarian society, yet Saylor writes that agriculture workers as a percentage of the U.S. labor force today are less than 1%. Put simply, the mass destruction of farming jobs allowed for the redirection of precious human capital toward more productive, higher value work.

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How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything

By Global Macro Monitor | October 11, 2012

The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything

Michael Saylor, Chairman & CEO of MicroStrategy,  Inc

The Mobile Wave deals with one of our favorite trends we’ve been hammering on for the past few years.   Here is USA Today,

… a must read for Chairman Bernanke.



The mobile wave is coming.

If you’re not ready to ride it, you’ll be swept away by a tsunami of change that will fundamentally alter the world.

That’s the theme of The Mobile Wave by software entrepreneur Michael Saylor. The book explores how mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads will change jobs, healthcare, banking, politics, law enforcement, and much more.

Does this sound familiar?

Consider what a trip to the doctor could mean. If you’re feeling ill, Saylor says, you might be able to connect with a doctor in India via your mobile device. He or she could diagnose and treat you for a fraction of the cost of visiting a doctor in the U.S.— maybe only $5 to $10.

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Michael Saylor on the Next Great Age of America

By Jeanne Jennings | October 15, 2012

It was at the beginning of the era of the personal computer, when the world, according to Saylor, “took a hard left.”

“The Latin-Roman alphabet is superior to symbol-based languages, like Japanese and Chinese, for writing software code. Look at a keyboard. How do you create a keyboard for a language like Chinese that has 25,000 characters?”

The PC era gave us Microsoft, Oracle and Intel, then Dell, HP and IBM. When the World Wide Web came about, it was EBay, Amazon, Yahoo! and then Google at the forefront. All American companies, all using English as their primary language, for programming and for business. Today, if you want to become a software programmer, no matter what country you live in, you have to learn English.   “If you speak English you can purchase everything cheaper. If you sell in English, you will sell everything, your product or service, more expensively…The center of gravity of Western civilization is English.”

Saylor sees other factors, beyond software programming, contributing to America’s Newest Great Age. One of them is the formation of the European Union – hear his take on that. Another is that the mobile wave provides people around the world, both adults and children, with easy access to American culture and ideals.

“We aren’t just exporting American technology. We’re exporting American technology, American values, American products and services, American currency, the American legal system. It’s all becoming a standard in this creeping way.”

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Jobs of the Future: Why the Political Class Should Read Michael Saylor’s “The Mobile Wave”

By Taylor Brodarick | October 9, 2012

With one month remaining until the presidential election, it seems every economic statistic is up for interpretation by each party. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the unemployment rate dipped from 8.1% to 7.8%, provoking both Democratic celebration and Republican consternation.

Whether or not you believe former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is right to question the integrity of this number, both sides need to pay less attention to it altogether. The denominator in this equation, the size of the labor force, excludes people who have given up looking for work, people working fewer hours than they want (the “underemployed”), etc. . . . It is a very misleading.

A better proxy for employment health is the employment-population ratio. This percentage has been flattish year-over-year and anchored between 58-59%; brushing multi-decade lows. Moreover, the growth of two-income households cannot be blamed for the relative contraction of the labor force. Median household income has been stagnant since the twenty-first century began. These are just two data points, but in aggregate households are making less money now with fewer people working on a relative basis.

Both parties are sparring to convince you its Obama’s fault or Bush’s or Clinton’s or some other scapegoat, but the fact remains we have a serious long-term jobs problem in this country. Government policy may be able to affect these trends in the short-term, but what drives economic growth if you look beyond a typical two-year or four-year election cycle? Tax policy, entitlements, healthcare costs, and military spending are important, but deal with how created wealth is used. Technological progress is what matters over time because that’s what drives wealth creation.

Technology put buggy makers and typewriter companies out of business and explains why Apple is the most valuable company on the planet. The 2010 History (formerly the History Channel) six-part miniseries, America: The Story of US reaches back hundreds of years to show how the United States’ development was primarily driven by technology, pure and simple.

Do you know why the Union won the Civil War? Not better generals and or a higher moral ground, but because of better infrastructure, including a more developed rail system and the use of the nascent telegraph to communicate with commanders in the field. Do you know which invention spurred westward expansion? Barbed wire allowed ranchers to better contain their cattle herds and secure property claims. Urbanization could not have occurred as rapidly without mass steel production enabling skyscraper construction.

The point is the key developments in American history resulted from technology and not from who lived in the White House or which party ran Congress. If we want to figure out how to prosper in the future we need to accept what the next major technological advance will be to transform the economy and absorb, adopt and it exploit it. Michael Saylor’s book, The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything makes a valid case that mobile technology is that advance.

Released in June, this book resonates loudly as we approach November. It is not another self-congratulatory CEO memoir, but a well-researched and interesting forecast for our economy. Saylor convincingly argues the growth of mobile technology marks not just another step in technological miniaturization, but an important evolution of software becoming an omnipresent force in our life in the coming years.

He uses a scientific metaphor to illustrate this point. He compares desktop PCs to solids, laptops to liquids, and mobility to a vapor that envelops us at all times. Saylor is not just an ordinary tech industry observer. He co-founded business intelligence behemoth MicroStrategy, Inc. (NSDQ: MSTR) in 1989 and is still its Chairman and CEO. This book uses an incredible number of historical examples of creative destruction, recent statistical data, and bold predictions to make the case this mobile wave will “transform 50% of the world’s GDP in the coming decade.”

Improvements in Near Field Communication (NFC) and multi-touch technologies will make mobile technology an integral part of our lives. Saylor predicts, “By 2025, we will see almost universal use of mobile computers as our primary means of navigating through modern society.”

How does this affect employment?

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How Smartphones Make Us Superhuman

By John D. Sutter | September 10, 2012

“Both men lit themselves on fire in protest. But only one of them is credited with starting a revolution.

The difference between the two? Mobile phones recorded Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor, as he set himself ablaze in despair over his economic plight. Those videos kicked off the wave of 2011 Arab Spring demonstrations.

Abdesslem Trimech, the other man, fell into relative obscurity.

The example, cited in the book “The Mobile Wave,” highlights just one of the many superpowers that mobile phones — and to a lesser extent, tablets — have bestowed upon humanity. In addition to enabling us to video events on a second’s notice, potentially altering the course of global politics, these high-tech human “appendages”increasingly have become tools for fighting corruption, buying stuff, bolstering memory, promoting politics, improving education and giving people around the world more access to health care.”

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MicroStrategy CEO Sees a World With 5 Billion Smartphones and 10 Billion Tablets–and 5 Billion PhDs

By Michael J. Miller | September 28, 2012

“If you want an optimistic overview of mobile technology and how it will change the world around us, Michael Saylor’s The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything is a good place to start. The book  gives a solid overview of how mobile technology developed and where Saylor, who is founder and CEO of business intelligence vendor MicroStrategy, thinks it is going. He believes that the advent of inexpensive smartphones and tablets, linked to intelligent cloud-based services, will change everything—including entertainment, medicine, education, and development—in ways that will benefit all of us.

Recently, I had the chance to talk to Saylor about the book, and he was even more passionate and more optimistic about the technology and where it will take us.”

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Mobile Computing Wave Part 1: The Rebirth of America

By Michael A. Robinson | August 24

“America will re-emerge as the dominate force in technology and economics in the world – by far – as soon as the end of this decade.

That’s thanks to mobile computing.

Our leading position in the rise of smartphones and tablet computers makes it certain that the United States will undergo a major revival and rebranding. U.S. mobile computing will make the dollar stronger, spread American values throughout the globe, and establish English as the single most important language on Earth.

Along the way, this new breed of American tech will improve the lives of billions of people around the world by providing them with better health care and education.

Now, though it sounds like the type of upbeat statements I have shared with you over the past few months, these aren’t my insights.

They belong to a hard-hitting high-tech executive who is a renowned expert on the subject. His name is Michael Saylor, and he is the CEO of MicroStrategy Inc. (NASDAQ:MSTR), a leader in business intelligence.

More to the point, he is the author of the hot new nonfiction book called “The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything.” In the book, he makes the case that we’ve passed the tipping point in bringing cutting-edge software to the world. From healthcare apps to text books, it’s all on your smartphone or tablet.”

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Mobile Computing Wave Part 2: Why the Future Belongs to Apple’s iPad

By Michael A. Robinson | August 28, 2012

“The Apple iPad is more than just a great tablet; it’s the single most important computing device released in more than 25 years.

In fact, you’d have to go back to the introduction in 1984 of the Macintosh personal computer to find a machine as game-changing as this one.

Of course, back then, the Mac grabbed only a small share of the huge PC market. But what it did do was establish Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as the sector’s clear technical leader. It also gave birth to desktop publishing.

This time around, however, Apple has turned the tables on its rivals in two ways…

  • First, it came up with a breakthrough approach and the ideal screen size. At nearly 10 inches diagonal – very close to the size of a piece of paper – this format feels natural to most users.
  • Second, it’s a runaway success, boasting 70% of the market share.

That leaves tech investors like us with two choices: Learn what this all means, or get left in the dust.

You see, the PC industry is going into a long decline. It’s already started. Ditto for newspapers, magazines, music distribution, and lots of other physical products that will get transformed into software.

So says Michael Saylor, author of the hot new book “The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything.” As I told you last week, I tracked Saylor down to talk about how mobile computing fit into the Era of Radical Change. (You can read the first of my three-part series here.)

His is hardly an academic view. See, Saylor also serves as the CEO of MicroStrategy Inc.(NASDAQ:MSTR), a leader in business intelligence.

He believes five billion people will use iPads or a comparable device within a decade. That’s roughly 75% of the population of Earth. No doubt, he admitted to me, that’s a bold prediction. He added this:

“It’s a prediction upon which you can make a lot of money if you’re an investor. Because if I’m right, then you will have beaten the crowds to that conclusion. And the reason I believe that is – we’ve reached an inflection point, where it’s now cheaper to learn to read on a tablet than it is to learn to read on paper. And I think that’s a very, very meaningful thing.”

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Mobile Computing Wave Part 3: Three Key Security Features of Mobile Commerce

By Michael A. Robinson | August 31, 2012

“Imagine checking in at the airport, buying a cup of coffee at a local café, even paying for your clothes or groceries at the store’s register… all with a quick wireless scan of your smartphone.

It’s all possible today, thanks to a new type of tech called Near Field Communications (NFC).

No coins to fumble with. No waiting while the store’s machine dials up your bank. No receipts to sign or stuff into your pocket. The spread of NFC technology is a win-win for the customer and the merchant alike.

With NFC, your phone becomes your wallet. It’s able to “talk” to any vendor, bank, brokerage, or credit card firm you like. This technology is set to take the world by storm. In as little as a decade, billions of people around the world will convert to digital currency as their means of paying for the things they need every day.

There’s just one thing slowing it all down right now – mobile security.

Using mobile phones as de facto wallets alarms some people. They fear that if your phone gets stolen, thieves could gain access to every bank, brokerage, or store account you have.

But that’s about to change.

Indeed, much to the chagrin of thieves and con artists, mobile security will hasten the advent of bulletproof digital money used around the world.

I had the chance to talk about this with Michael Saylor, author of the best-selling new book “Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything.” Saylor, who also serves as CEO of MicroStrategy Inc. (NASDAQgs:MSTR), told me alarmists are missing the big picture:

“I think the most important thing to be said about mobile security, and maybe mobile identity, is there are one million organizations in the world that have obsolete, ineffective identification systems now. Most of these things – passports, credit cards, driver’s license, even things we think are reasonably secure, aren’t. And many things aren’t secure at all.“I think that it’s now possible to create a mobile identity system that runs on a smartphone which is anywhere from 100 times to 10,000 times as secure. Not only are they more secure, it’s impossible to counterfeit and impossible to forge.”

In fact, there are three key security features Saylor believes will make mobile commerce the standard of safe business transactions in just a few years.

Take a look…”

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MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor on How to Capitalize on the Mobile Wave Before You Get Washed Out

By George Bradt | August 22, 2012

It’s always more fun to be part of the solution than to be part of the problem. When the problem is the inefficiency and ineffectiveness created by decades of ever-expanding bureaucracies, and the solution is the next iteration of the information revolution – the mobile wave – you’re either part of the change or you’re going to get automated out.

I recently spoke with Internet pioneer and MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor about his new book “The Mobile Wave” the same week I published the article, “Steelcase CEO on How Office Layout Impacts Corporate Culture.” That column explained the difference between “I” space and “we” space, or how office setups have changed from emphasizing hierarchy to promoting collaboration. Saylor suggests that the coming mobile wave is going to untether people from the workplace, “dematerializing” offices so that they ultimately become irrelevant.

Saylor predicts that in ten years there are going to be ten times the number of people with mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, operating ten times more efficiently and better. That is a one thousand-fold multiple. This is why Saylor thinks the workplace is going to be irrelevant. We won’t need paper. We won’t need stuff. And we won’t need people that manage that stuff. So we won’t need offices for all those people.

Saylor said, “Rich, powerful people don’t want to be tethered.” They don’t want to sit around while a clerk gathers papers, an analyst works through the data and then a secretary processes wire transfers. Leaders want information sooner so they can make decisions quicker. As information moves from a “solid state – paper” to a “gaseous state – electrons,” the rich and powerful can have more information faster.

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MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor on Implications of ‘the Mobile Wave’

By Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service | August 8, 2012

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor’s big interest these days is “the mobile wave,” which refers to a re-ordering of technology and modern life through the proliferation of iPads, smartphones and the increasingly sophisticated software that runs on them.

It’s also in the title of his recently released book, “The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything,” which has made The New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.

Mobile software has also become an important focus of MicroStrategy’s BI (business intelligence) software portfolio, but during a recent conversation with IDG News Service, Saylor was most interested in discussing what’s holding back widespread mobility, and what it portends.

IDGNS: Do you see any obstacles in the way of “the mobile wave?”

Saylor: It only took 25 years to put mobile technology in the hands of six billion people. The technology has been proliferating pretty rapidly. [But] there’s a limitation in the rate at which we can manufacture certain components.

Qualcomm has said that they’re at capacity manufacturing the Snapdragon chip. Google and Amazon had a hard time producing a 10-inch tablet computer so I take that to mean that there’s a shortage of 10-inch touchscreen glass in the world and I think Apple has bought it all up. I think manufacturing capacity constraints are an obstacle, and as we tool up to be able to produce hundreds of millions of tablet computers, that will take time.

I’d say certainly within five years we’ll have five billion people with a smartphone and within 10 years I think we’ll have five billion people with tablet computers. I think manufacturing is going to be the number-one obstacle. The number-two obstacle is just logistical constraints and the rate at which it takes time for sophisticated technology to diffuse into the hands of everybody.

IDGNS: The content we are getting on our phones now is a lot richer than it used to be, and it’s only going to get richer in terms of the data intensity. Do you see problems with the global network infrastructure keeping up?

Saylor: The friction comes in the form of increased monthly fees to people that are on mobile phone networks. That will drive people to adopt more terrestrial networks and try to take advantage of Wi-Fi more often. Certainly, bandwidth is becoming more costly. There was a time when television was free and you bought the TV and you put up an antenna and you watched for free. People started paying $20 for cable and then $100 for cable and then $200 for cable, and I would say there are plenty of people right now that probably pay $100 to $200 a month for their mobile phone service.

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Why MicroStrategy CEO/Philosopher/Futurist Michael Saylor Sees Half The Economy Being Reinvented

By Drake Baer | July 26, 2012


Predicting 5 billion smartphones and 5 billion tablets worldwide within a decade, MicroStrategy CEO and tech historian Michael Saylor unveils the levers behind the mobile revolution that’s going to remake our world.



















Before founding business intelligence company MicroStrategy (and subsequently earning–and losing–billions), Michael Saylor studied the history of technology at MIT. He’s always been fascinated by the way an invention–be it train, telephone, or 747–changes society. The CEO recently wrote The Mobile Wave to explore the paradigm-shifting prevalence of smartphones and tablets.

Fast Company spoke with Saylor about the dematerialization of industries, the virtues of HBO GO, and how entrepreneurs can leverage the oncoming market transformation.

FAST COMPANY: In The Mobile Wave you claim that this mobile revolution is on the same scale as the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution.

MICHAEL SAYLOR: I believe it is.

The last big wave, the Internet wave, affected the lives of people who were essentially just ages 20 to 45, working at a computer. If you look at the scope of that, it had a small impact on brokerage, it had a small impact on retail. Amazon displaced some catalog retailers, but Amazon 15 years ago wasn’t obliterating Best Buy or hardware store chains or impacting Walmart or the others. The Internet wave was impacting something on the order of 5 percent of the overall economy.

On the other hand, if you look at the mobile wave, it seems pretty clear that you’re going to see 5 billion smartphones. Apple’s shipping 37 million in 12 weeks. Samsung shipped 50 million in the last 12 weeks. So you’re at 100 million every three months. You’re at 500 million in a year, assuming no growth; you can extrapolate that out linearly, and you get there within the decade. But of course nothing goes linearly, it will go a bit faster.

So if you look at a world with 5 billion smart phones, and it touches people ages 6 or 7 years old up to age 75 or 80. And it’s 24 hours a day. And people are sleeping with them.

There’s going to be 5 billion smart phones; there’s also going to be 5 billion tablet computers. And this is the part that most of the world hasn’t come to grips with, which makes it such an incendiary movement.

We’re in an inflection point where it’s cheaper to learn to read on a tablet computer than it is to learn to read on paper. And that being the case, it’s only a matter of time before every 6-year-old kid has a tablet computer, and we know for a fact, 3 to 4 year old kids are using tablets and iPads, and 75 and 80 year olds are using them.

So instead of 5 percent of the economy being remade, it’s 50 percent. I think this puts this on the scale of being the biggest transition we’ve yet experienced in the history of technology. And I don’t think that’s hype at all.

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MicroStrategy’s vision: No cash, no queues, no teachers

By Steve Evans | July 10, 2012
Mobile apps will replace inefficient people in industries across the world, CEO Michael Saylor says

MicroStrategy founder and CEO Michael Saylor has an interesting vision of the future.

Why employ thousands of teachers to teach kids in classrooms the world over when they can be taught via iPads at a fraction of the cost? Why spend billions of dollars a year maintaining libraries across the US when books can be accessed via iPads? Why bother with ATMs, or indeed cash, when payments can be made via mobile devices?

That was the utopia set out by Saylor at the business intelligence company’s conference in Amsterdam.

Some facts and figures he presents demonstrate the seemingly inexorable shift to mobile computing. He expects there will be five billion smartphones in operation by 2015 and the same number of tablets – made up mostly of iPads – by 2022. He also pointed out that smartphone users spend an average of just 12 minutes a day making calls, compared to 77 minutes using apps.

As we shift towards a mobile future ,the software that runs these apps will replace manual functions in a number of industries, Saylor predicts.

For example he highlighted the $2 trillion spent on education around the world as wasted money. “Why spend over $1,000 on text books when an iPad costs $600?” he added. That idea however ignores the cost of buying digital text books.

A good example of the power mobility can deliver is the Khan Academy, a free online teaching portal that attracts 4.5 million visitors per month. Saylor didn’t point out what would happen to the thousands of teachers and other people connected with the education industry if tools such as that become ubiquitous.

Publishing is another industry that will benefit, with the inefficiencies of the printing process replaced by a straight-to-digital strategy. Car keys, cash and queues will also be replaced by much more efficient mobile apps.

Saylor said the key to all this is the software that will remove the “inefficiencies” that humans introduce to the industries he earmarked as benefiting most from the shift to mobile. Software will never be depressed because of relationship trouble, he said. Software will, “simply always do what it’s supposed to,” Saylor claims.

That last comment in particular is difficult to understand, as NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank customers will no doubt testify to.

It certainly sounds like a good idea but it is likely to be a very long time before Saylor’s vision becomes reality.

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The Mobile Wave on Bloomberg TV

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Impacts of The Mobile Wave: Fox 5 News

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Michael Saylor Sees Mobile as the Internet’s Third Act

        By John Arundel | Summer 2012

“From the 11th floor of MicroStrategy’s gleaming new skyscraper in Tyson’s Corner, the company’s founder and indefatigable CEO Michael Saylor is thinking hard these days about our digital future, and it’s virtual and paperless.

From up here closer to the clouds than any other skyscraper nearby, the 46-year-old Saylor spends less time gawking at the flawless view of the Nation’s Capital 11miles away, or at Metro’s stop-and-go construction taking shape in Tyson’s new Edge City, and more time pondering the clouds above him, which he prophesies will eventually store billions of bits of data. Not just any data, mind you. If Saylor’s cogent predictions comes true, the “cloud” will store all of our data,
from strategic planning reports to cookbook recipes to tickets to the next Caps game. In Saylor’s world, billions of pieces of paper will simply vanish in the next few years, taking up residence in the clouds above us. “If you’re an executive you can have 500,000 pages of information at your fingertips in one second,” says Saylor, MicroStrategy Inc.’s Founder, Chairman, President and
CEO. “So why would you ever want to carry paper around? We’re watching the death of paper in the corporation as we speak.” This future is already taking shape around him, with nary a piece of paper to be seen in the new headquarters of MicroStrategy, the company he co-founded at the age of 24 in 1989 with MIT classmates Thomas Spahr and now ViceChairman Sanju Bansal. Last year Saylor became so excited by the launch of the iPad that he called down to Purchasing and had them buy 2,300 of the Apple-manufactured devices for all of his employees.

This year the business technology vendor adopted mobile-only meetings using iPad, AirPlay and Apple TV. Saylor ordered company executives to go mobile in its meeting rooms, abolishing PowerPoint and projectors altogether. The company outfitted its conference rooms with AppleTV devices attached to large flat-screen HDTV monitors, and began utilizing Apple’s Airplay to provide a link between the iPads and iPhones used by employees.

The end result are virtual-only meetings in which employees based in far-flung locations can contribute dynamically to the presentations taking place. “Two years ago every decision maker would have printers running out reams of paper with business reports on them,” he says. “And two years from now I don’t think any successful decision maker will have paper reports because if you’re successful you’ve got to be smart, and if you’re smart and you have plenty of money there’s no way that you won’t be walking around with a tablet computer.” By taking what was once an entertainment platform and migrating it into the business environment, employees armed with an iPad or iPhone can utilize AirPlay or AppleTV and show lots of new things up on the screen, including movies or video games, making for a more compelling and dynamic presentation.

Of course in their case, the company uses the MicroStrategy Mobile app for presentations, allowing employees to mix historic data that may be contained on age-old static slides with newer Business Intelligence metrics in real time at a meeting. An iPad or iPhone is used as the presentation controller, but users can present their case with images that adjust with changes in parameters that may be more reflective of real-time data, to better reflect what-if scenarios.

“It works better and it’s quicker,” Saylor says, with unmistakable enthusiasm. “I can look at a report of store sales, look at every item out of stock and I can even see a picture of the item. I can even see an animation of a model walking down the runway wearing the item. You can’t put that on a green bar report or a piece of paper, you can’t animate it, you can’t rotate it…I can’t look at the back of the car or the top of the car but in the report played on an iPad I can.” Like many of the company’s applications, Micrsotrategy Mobile is a free app that runs on iOS, Android and Blackberry devices, but the meeting room solution requires Apple’s AirPlay, which works only with iOS platforms. As many in the tech world know, “free” apps do not translate into free-falling revenues, something that has plagued the print, music and motion picture industries with instantly downloadable news content or entertainment offerings, often obtained nefariously…”

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Editor’s note: Surf’s up — Michael Saylor rides ‘The Mobile Wave’

By Dan Beyers | August 19, 2012

I was thumbing through a new book last week by Michael J. Saylor, the co-founder of MicroStrategy, when I came across this discussion of innovation:

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that a new technology is very similar to its predecessors. A new technology is often perceived as the linear extension of the previous one, and this leads us to believe the new technology will fill the same roles — just a little faster or a little smaller or a little lighter.”

Except sometimes an iteration proves to be much more: It turns out to be truly disruptive.

In my own experience, I remember trying to explain how my PalmPilot was so much more than an address book, how my iPod was superior to a Walkman, how my TiVo could do so much more than a VCR.

Just try it and you’ll see, I urged.

Saylor likens such breakthroughs to a wave. Understand it, and you can ride it. Refuse, and you will be swallowed.

His book, “The Mobile Wave,” attempts to make sense of new tidal force building right now.

“What amplifies the transformational power ahead is the confluence of two major technological currents today: the universal access to mobile computing and the pervasive use of social networks.”

IPhones and Facebook, tablets and Twitter, one feeds the other.

“It’s a virtuous cycle that magnifies the impact of both waves,” allowing everyone to know more in any setting.

Saylor has bet big on a mobile future, handing employees iPads and pushing his Tysons Corner company to turn its analytical software into apps and mobile friendly products. He details how big industries as diverse as entertainment, finance, medicine, education and anything based on paper are already feeling the effects, even if the business models are still in flux.

Saylor rode earlier tech waves up, and down. If he says a new wave is rising, it can’t hurt to pull out the surfboard and get in the water.

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MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor’s “The Mobile Wave” Examines the Implications of Mobile Technology

By Carol Ross Joynt | June 27, 2012

Michael Saylor is a full-blown local legend. As chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy, a McLean-based high-tech firm that specializes in mining data from their databases for businesses and other organizations, he’s ridden the wave of the Internet revolution. His important clients reportedly include Facebook. He has a reputation as an extravagant playboy, but with his first book, The Mobile Wave, one can’t help but feel the glamour is a cover for a deeply serious man with deeply serious thoughts. In fact, he calls himself a “science historian,” a self-view backed up with degrees from MIT: one in aeronautic and astronautic engineering, the other in science, technology, and society. Once upon a time he wanted to be a fighter pilot.

In The Mobile Wave his vision is clear—we face a future in which paper, devices such as phones, credit cards and cash, entertainment venues, doctor’s office visits, and even the classroom will be obsolete, or nearly so. He wants everyone on the bandwagon, from toddlers to grandparents.

Right up front he says, “I’ve written The Mobile Wave with the kind of appreciation for today’s formidable technological currents that a veteran sea captain might have for the Deep Blue and the rogue waves that can suddenly appear in its midst. Understand the wave, and you can ride it. Refuse to adjust, and you will be swallowed.”

He’s had his brushes with being nearly swallowed—ask him about the late 1990s and 2000—but no one has ever denied his status as a tech visionary, and today he’s a certified billionaire. His vision, as laid out in his book: “The transformational power ahead is the confluence of two major technological currents: the universal access to mobile computing and the pervasive use of social networks.” He also states that soon 5 billion people will have app phones, essentially carrying “a computer in their pockets.” He calls it “disruption ahead.”

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The Impact of the Mobile Wave: A Spotlight Q&A with Michael Saylor of MicroStrategy

By Ron Powell

“Powell: For readers of The Mobile Wave, what is the most surprising thing they will learn?

Michael Saylor: “Well, I think the most surprising thing is that half of the products and services that we’ve taken for granted – the electromechanical devices we hold in our hand, the things that we read, the way that we learn, the way we buy things, and solve things, and pay for things – half of them are dematerializing into software that’s going to run either on a smartphone in your pocket or on a tablet computer that you hold in your hand. …By the time the mobile wave sweeps through all of our lives, half the things that we take for granted in our life are simply going to disappear. I think that is going to be the epiphany.”

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Review: IPads, smartphones in world-changing ‘Mobile Wave’

    By Jeanne Destro | June 21, 2012

The mobile wave is coming. If you’re not ready to ride it, you’ll be swept away by a tsunami of change that will fundamentally alter the world.

That’s the theme of The Mobile Wave by software entrepreneur Michael Saylor. The book explores how mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads will change jobs, healthcare, banking, politics, law enforcement, and much more.

Mobile computing, Saylor says, is a “tipping point technology” for the information revolution — a revolution that began with writing on clay tablets, and continued through the invention of the printing press and computers.

Mobile will be “the catalyst that brings society the most dramatic changes of the Information Revolution,” he writes.

Readers may take issue with some of Saylor’s views on the benefits of mobile technology, but the visionary picture he paints of the future is captivating, informative, and thought-provoking.

Consider what a trip to the doctor could mean. If you’re feeling ill, Saylor says, you might be able to connect with a doctor in India via your mobile device. He or she could diagnose and treat you for a fraction of the cost of visiting a doctor in the U.S.— maybe only $5 to $10.

Public school systems could be revitalized, he suggests. Municipalities could cut costs by laying off ineffective teachers. Poor performers could be replaced with online instructors from anywhere in the world for free or at low cost.

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