Throughout my social media feeds yesterday, all the technology geeks and freaks were a-Twitter (pun intended) about the release of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report.
If you’re not familiar with it, you should be. Pegged by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world, Ms. Meeker is a brilliant venture capital analyst and former Wall Street securities analyst. Each year, she collects and organizes a massive amount of data criss-crossing a ton of different aspects of the digital economy, then connects the dots to come up with well-informed hypotheses about what it all means and where things are going.
This year’s report clocks in at over 200 pages and, to steal the words of HUGE’s Sam Weston: “The ugliest powerpoint presentation of the year is still the most important powerpoint presentation of the year.”
He’s probably right (I mean -- power point presentations are nearly past being on the way out, right?), and you should take the time to read the whole thing. But if you want a quick thumbnail of the most important sections, a few publications have already gone through it and decided for you:
Whether you can read the 2016 Internet Trends report today or not, file it away for when you do have time. Any smart CTO will likely glean important information and insight from it.
2016 Internet report: