I’ve had a passion for technology since I was in High School, circa 1983. Yes, 1983. I was one of very few kids with an Apple IIe that I had begged my parents for and they reluctantly purchased. I was not a geek by any means. I was a multi-sport athlete and spent much of my time in the great outdoors; golfing, skiing, fishing, playing baseball. But I had an insatiable curiosity about this new thing; microcomputers. That’s what they were called then, look it up.
As entire industries are disrupted by bold digital entrants and business models, more and more companies are at risk of extinction. Music, retailing, media, and travel are far along on this path, but we are also seeing similar patterns in more traditional industries, such as banking, agriculture, energy, health care, industrial goods, and manufacturing.