Friday, November 17, 2006

Research for DIDX led to Marathon-New Business Model Analogy

"This a marathon, not a sprint, over an unknown course, to an unknown destination, on a track not marked, with contestants that can join the race at any time, without going all the way back to the starting line." (Quote from Gary Kim, Chief Operating Officer of Dagda Mor Media, Inc. in the Oct 2-13, 2006 issue of IP Business.)

The article by Gary was an interesting take on human nature and adoption and ideally gratification from the adoption of new technologies. I read IP Business, VONMAG and SIP Magazine, my favorites for beefing on everything over IP jargon. Looking for cool language for my writings on our company's latest enabler, using and and other services. Yeah, it's true, you can call a local number and it will ring on your friend, colleague, customer, or vendor's MSN Messenger.

Back to the quote, it is one I am memorizing because it clearly defines the Internet's influence on business models. I was an English teacher for 18 years. About 1993, I brought my home Tandy 1000 HX into my classroom, configured it with my new teacher's FIRN dialup internet and plugged it into the phone jack in the wall. Actually, I guided a couple students to do it.
Next day, I explained what I had discovered about the Internet at home and asked the students to help me brainstorm ways to use it to learn and teach in the classroom. We started off with a contest in which students took turns at the PC, searching for information from a country in the world they were totally fascinated with. Within a couple weeks, each gave a presentation in front of the room to convince the class, we should use the Internet in every way possible to learn about the nation they chose. We voted. South Africa, Malaysia, France and Pakistan won.
We assaulted mailing lists, forums, email addresses, and more with requests to start e-communications with schools, businesses, families, and individuals. The responses came in droves. The atmosphere in the classroom was like electricity. No one was absent for 85 days in a row, a real record since normally 2-5 students were absent every day. (Thank you, Herman, Clemente, Rehan, Inge, and Arshi.)

Let me describe some of these kids to you. They lived in a small town outside Pensacola, Florida, most with their grandmother. The biggest place to get a job was at the prison located at one edge of the town. Other than that, there was a Burger King, few gas stations, couple of locally-owned grocery stores, and tons of churches. One child did live with her 7 siblings and mom and step-dad. one night the mom had had a bit too much to drink and accidentally backed into the step-dad in the driveway. Another kid came to school in the same clothes from day 1 to the last day of school, never washed. Another's dad drove him to school with a live racoon on his head. I'm not saying there is anything unusual about them. You decide.

Anyways, the kids were learning Afrikaans and Urdu, were trading post mail after a while. They learned different ways to do math and the simularity of meanings in word parts among languages, such as kamiz, camisole, and camisa. They were becoming more computer literate than most adult professionals in NWFL. In fact, they had an open house in which they demonstrated to the Board of the Junior Achievement group how to take advantage of the Internet.

I attended a county teacher's workshop and luncheon. An administrator from another school interrupted me as I was proudly telling consecutive anecdotes about the students' accomplishments. He snidely remarked, "Why are you teaching them the Internet and foreign languages when they can't even speak correctly and they will never leave that small town?"
I laughed back, "I'm not teaching them anything. The world is their teacher and they are the world's student."

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Homeless Showed me How DIDX is Pretty Cool

Sitting in Breaktime Expresso this morning, sharing coffee with a few local *homeless guys and gals... (no, I'm not homeless, but I have been), we discussed the news on Google and Yahoo on my laptop (free WIFI at BE, cool). They are some of the few American consumers (non-telecom-businesspeople) who don't bat an eye when I tell them Super Technologies offers mainly wholesale telecom solutions like a global phone number exchange.

They usually respond with one of the following:
1. So, you mean, I could get me a phone number of my own that I could get calls and voicemails on even though I don't own a cell phone or landline?
2. I could sure use finding a telephone company who could do that for me. There's a few PC's on WIFI at the local End of the Line Cafe I can use free. They have headsets, too. Now, I don't have to give away my freedom just to get a phone number.

Very interesting, indeed... so what is the latest for DIDXCHANGE?, the world’s largest DID/DDI phone number market place, announces interconnection with Microsoft MSN Messenger using gtalk2voip services. DIDX is the DID exchange for 3250+ telecom companies from over 200 countries around the globe.

DIDX began with 100 members in August 25, 2005. It is one of the most disruptive yet practical VoIP services in the 21st century, created and maintained by Super Technologies, Inc., VoIP technology company for six years, based in sunny Pensacola, Florida.

The MSN interconnection makes Super Technologies, Inc. the first company in the world to offer phone lines on Microsoft MSN Messenger and the opportunity to empower more individuals and industry than ever with DID from Africa, Asia, Americas, Australia, and Europe. “We predicted the ever-increasing demand in the world market for DID versatility as long ago as 1999. We have made it our mission to cater to this demand.

Most of all, we are excited about the un-imaginable number of opportunities available to us and even more so, our thousands of global telecom partners to benefit from this deal,” says Suzanne Bowen CEO, Super Technologies. Customers can own a US, UK, France, Australia, Malaysia, Poland, Pakistan, and/or Nigeria phone numbers (DID = Direct Inward Dialing) on their regular Microsoft MSN Messenger.

Super Technologies, Inc.'s DIDX service is poised to offer similar interconnection services for other exciting programs such as Google Talk, Gizmo Project, Groovytel, Free World Dialup**and Skype. Initially the service will be offered through the DIDX’s retail number sales web site on

Measures are in the process now to add the module to the wholesale DID engine at MSN Messenger*** is a service and product of Microsoft Corporation.

Google Talk is a service and product of Google, Inc. Skype is a product and service of Skype Limited. All services and products mentioned are property of their relative companies.

*See Eddie of San Jose, homeless and sitting at Lite Rail at 2 AM to be on time to his new job.

**As of fall 2008, Freeworlddialup is a paid service.

***MSN Messenger is the second most popular IM after QQ in China.