What trends and disruptions are starting to simmer right now that can, and will, change the way you work and play? Getting a glimpse before they hit mainstream can help you take the lead in your industry. But how do you do that? Here are three ways to gain an edge.
1. Experiment With Nascent Tech
Few thought of Twitter as more than a quirky novelty when it launched. Many questioned Snapchat's judgement when the company turned down a $3B acquisition offer from Facebook, but investors worldwide continue to bet on the loyalty of the startup's young audience. Yo attracted heaps of buzz and investment money last year, but has yet to find its niche. And though it only launched three weeks ago, Meerkat is currently on a growing spree. You never know which social experiment will evolve into the must-have habit, so grab your username on every new platform and contribute to the early exploration.
2. Blog About Your Insights
What was your first Meerkat experience like? What potential do you see? Do you think it will survive the hype? These are useful questions to ask yourself, and publically blogging about them positions you as a leader among readers who haven't yet been initiated to the latest innovations.
Medium is a beautiful and intuitive blogging platform, and it's built atop Twitter's social network to ensure your thought pieces reach the people you already swap tweets with.
When you don't have opinions or experiences to share, call up people you see doing interesting things and ask them about their own learnings and experiments. Share the interview and takeaways on your blog, and, as the subject of your post, they'll likely share it with their network as well. This is a great way to learn more yourself while expanding your reach.
3. Be At the Internet Week HQ, May 18- 21, in NYC
This annual festival gathers executives, entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators from a variety of sectors touched by technology—from media to adtech to data and security, Internet Week is the place to connect with the innovators changing the way you do business. Even Vine stars and celebrity Instagram puppies are part of the lineup—because the only thing certain about disruption is that we won't know where or who it will come from.
Speaker highlights include: Genevieve Bell, VP, Intel Labs and Director of User Experience Research; Minerva Tantoco CTO, City of New York; Nate Silver, Statistician, Author, and Founder of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight; Jerome Jarre, Vine Personality, Entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of Grapestory; Alex Iskold; Managing Director, TechStars NY; Joseph Bradley, IoE Evangelist and VP IoE Practice, Cisco; and many more.
Start experimenting, writing and mingling, and maybe you'll be on the stage next year.
About the Sponsor
Internet Week New York is an annual celebration of technology's impact on business and culture. This year's festivities will take place from May 18-24 and will attract more than 45,000 business professionals, working across all sectors, attending 250+ events produced in the IWNY HQ and 150+ organized by citywide event partners.
About the Author
Matylda is Internet Week's Director of Content. Prior to Internet Week, Matylda founded Hackonauts, a global hackathon consultancy, where she created innovation competitions for clients including Yahoo, NYU, hackNY and The Feast Conference. She also wrote for TechCrunch, helping launch the site's GreenTech section. She holds a B.A. in TV and Film Production from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and an M.A. from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Matylda also mentors startups in the NYC BigApps competition, the StartFast Venture Accelerator and Startup Weekend.