May.30, 2013

Longtime Wall Street analyst turned venture capitalist, Mary Meeker, a general partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers unveiled an stunning annual Internet Trends report for 2013 at the D11 Conference, showing what's ahead in the technology industry.

This 117 slides of industry insight points toward a future filled with wearable computing, QR codes and voice-controlled phones. There were more than 2.4 billion Internet users worldwide by the end of 2012, according to the report, and 1.5 billion global mobile users, up from 1.1 billion a year before.

Meeker re-images the basic business processes such as funding, manufacturing, logistics etc and lists Makerbot / 3D printing as a trend in the manufacturing. In her Internet-annual report in 2012, Meeker pointed out that almost all human activities are in the process of transition - the network connection (phone), cash machines (Square), manufacturing (3D printing), shopping store (home decor flash sales site One Kings Lane), etc. In the old time manufacturing is all about mass production of high-volume standardized items, but now manufacturing is transforming to customized and personalized design created using 3D printing process.

Here is the full presentation:

And here's the full video of Meeker presenting the deck at D11 conference:

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Kyle Ephraim wrote at 8/23/2013 9:13:19 PM:

I love the idea of logistics being "re-imagined" as a result of 3D printing technology. As a student at the University at Buffalo working on a Business Admin degree with a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management, as well as a minor in Environmental Studies, I am very intrigued by the concept of 3D printing as a way to help supply chains become more green and efficient. Good stuff! Kyle Ephraim

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