Fred Wilson has an interesting blog post, looking at some of what he considers the "greatest inventions" of his lifetime, and notes that three of the four (ATMs, EZPass and cellphones) are really all about making him more mobile. It's an interesting, but important recognition. The power of mobility has had a tremendous impact on many people's lives -- and yet people often don't even recognize how much it's changed their lives. The ability to be able to travel freely has opened up so many new possibilities for both business and entertainment -- allowing people to do things that simply weren't possible before. One of the things that screws up companies looking for new business models is that they focus just one what they can sell directly, and forget that they may be enabling people to do many more things -- and that enabling of mobility can be one of the most powerful selling point they have.
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