Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2015: Internet user growth is slowing

“In the new on-demand economy you can get whatever you want whenever you want it, except, perhaps, a full-time job with health care coverage,” Ina Fried reports for Re/code. “You can get groceries from Instacart, lunch from Munchery and other goods from Instacart, but society has yet to catch up to how quickly labor and the workplace is being transformed.”

“The good news is that the next generation of workers isn’t expecting the kind of stability that earlier generations have taken as the norm,” Fried reports. “They see the neighborhood coffee shop as their office, have no expectation of standard work hours and are far more willing to take on freelance tasks, according to several studies cited by Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker in her annual state of the Internet economy talk at Code Conference.”

Full article here.

“Meeker’s first report was published in 1995, when only 30 million users were online. Now we have 2.8 billion Internet users,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “During the same time frame, mobile phone use has gone from 80 million, or 1%, penetration of the population, to 5.2 billion, or 73% penetration.”

“Internet user growth is ‘solid,’ but slowing down. The number of global Internet users increased 8% last year, compared to 10% in 2013 and 11% three years ago,” Baig reports. “More than 8 in 10 people use their phones for turn-by-turn navigation.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A fascinating, must-see presentation, as always.

Meeker’s full Internet Trends 2015 presentation here.


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  1. …Large companies still have an incentive to stick with IPv4 for as long as they can since upgrading would mean buying new routers and other hardware. All of this is just a stay of execution for IPv4 before everyone is forced to embrace the IPv6 future.

    Like so many everything, it takes a lot of people having a loaded coconut cream pie pointed at their face before they’ll give in and do that unbearable thing: CHANGE.

    And yet, change is a constant for all life on our home planet.

    But that’s not the worst problem! Spending MONEY!!!! That’s unacceptable! We refuse to let go of a financial game monetary symbol, such as a ‘dollar’, until it’s pried from our cold, dead hand. Somehow, world class cheapskates are incapable of finding that behavior either bizarre, hilarious or childish.

    I’m 100% IPV6 ready. I even participated in Internet IPV6 testing before it was officially made the new Internet IP standard. Somewhere along the way, I grew up and figured out that it’s better to help contribute to positive change than to stamp my little feed and yell ‘No! No! No! No! No!’

    “Junior. I think you need a time out. We can’t always have our own way.”

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