Remember when you used to see little numeric counters at the bottom of websites? Me too.
There is so much innovation and community in web development... constantly turning... that even if you're not like me, and think it's all very cool and interesting... you're still part of it. You're helping shape it as much as I am. Maybe more. What you've expected or demanded from a mobile device has directed enormous industries. You and I, and a couple user experience architects at Apple Computer, skipped a few chapters ahead in the life of a mobile phone. Of personal communications and commerce. Philanthropy, security, education.
The more our communications become interactive, the more we all become part of shaping it... pushing it forward. As with any massive expansion of human behavior, there are always barriers to the potential of innovation. But the story of the modern internet is the story of instant, open sharing of information and ideas. "Wouldn't it be cool if?..." is having it's day in the sun.
To millions around the world there never was a .com bubble, and it never burst. The incredible expansion of capabilities and technologies supporting our endeavours is more than enough to keep productivity at a break-neck pace. Many of the most amazing things going on on the web are high concept, low cost, sometimes free, rapidly emerging collaborations... many still driven by goals other than monetary. People spending enormous amounts of their time and energy on creating websites just so they can share their knowledge and learn from others. So they can raise money to help people they don't even know in other parts of the world. Probably have an app.
Many of the business successes we see on the web didn't begin by someone buying something for 600 million dollars and getting a great ad campaign developed. The spirit of this movement is in tact. Open source environments have emerged as some of the most influential and most rapidly adapted platforms for development, and their sensibilities toward user experience and sharing have defined many of the applications we use every day to bank, shop, invest, entertain and empower ourselves. Young, creative pioneers have seriously impacted the direction, products and messaging of the Microsofts and Apples of our time.
We use the Titanium open source platform by Appcelerator to build mobile applications for iPhone and Android. A great example of an open source focused firm really shaping the digital landscape. Here is some brief commentary on open source, and the state of development from Appcelerator...
We're fortunate to have worked for many interesting, successful people on creative, challenging businesses... helping them enable their ambitions as the web has grown. There are seemingly endless ways to apply your knowledge and style, express yourself, and always new things to learn. That's why we're here.