Nokia Announces Hard Drive Phone That Stores 3,000 Songs

Nokia will ship by the end of this year a number of new phones that offer rich multimedia capabilities. One of their phones has a 4 GB hard drive that will store 3,000 songs.

This is significant partly because in 2004 Nokia owned more than 30% of the global market for mobile phones, almost twice as high as the number two player Motorola.

Nokia is also talking about how nanotechnology will enable Nokia to cut costs on phones within 2-3 years. In order to have 3 billion phones in use by 2010, “costs will have to be on a completely new level” says Chief Strategist Tero Ojanpera.

Toshiba: Nanotech Battery Charges 60 Times Faster

Toshiba is using nanoparticles to some how charge lithium-ion batteries 60 times faster than today. This will be commercialized beginning next year. This is one of the first commercialized nanotech announcements I have seen; but in the coming years we will see of thousands of nanotechnology ideas getting to market. I think by 2020 much of our material world will be influenced by nanotechnology: housing, energy, clothing, transportation, communication, agriculature, medicine and manufacturing. It will probably have a greater impact on quality of life than the internet does.

Nanotech at BYU

Steve Jurvetson has an interview on Always-On where he stated that the 18 investments they have made in nanotechnology have all come from universities or government-funded research. The cost of doing nanotech research is enormous. So I suppose if I want to get involved in nanotechnology, I should look in my own backyard first, at BYU. A patent attorney of mine just told me about a BYU professor involved in nanotechnology. I went online and found more than one, Bret Hess and Robert Davis, among them.

Nanotechnology Investing

Implementing tried and true internet marketing and development strategies for our portfolio companies continues to generate traffic, revenue and market presence. It’s rewarding when search engine, affiliate, and email marketing strategies work over and over again. But it’s also a bit predictable and just ever-so-slightly boring to keep doing the same things (howbeit successfully) again and again. I’ve felt for some time that I need to gear up for the next big wave, the next new technology that can challenge my imagination and creativity.

In some ways GPS and RFID technologies are fueling my imagination, but there is an even bigger wave that will challenge my learning capabilities to a far greater degree: it’s the Nanotechnology Wave.

I have never studied physics and haven’t had math since calculus in high school. I also had AP Chemistry and AP Biology and barely passed both AP tests. I’ve actually never cared all that much for the science of physical things.

But nanotechnology is like combining everything I love about research and imagination and information technology with physics. It seems more information-based and less physical than any science I’ve previously encountered.

I spent $300 on nanotechnology books last week and am starting to dive in. I almost made it to the MIT/Stanford/Berkeley Nanotech Forum meeting held at Stanford University last week, which featured Vinod Khosla from Kleiner Perkins talking about investing in nanotech.

I’m absolutely, completely out of my league here and I know next to nothing about this field, but the wonderment of knowing almost nothing about something that has the potential to change the world in the next two decades as much as the internet has changed the world in the last decade, and maybe more, is too much for me to resist.

I had never had a business or computer class when I started my first CD-ROM publishing company in 1990, and knew very little about the technology behind the internet when we started Ancestry.com and MyFamily.com.

So with no assets but curiousity, I’m determined to find a way to get into the nanotechnology space. Not because that’s where the money is; but because it has the “change the world” potential that has always attracted me to any field.

I tried to register nanonano.com, thinking that was a very clever play on the phrase Robin Williams made popular as Mork, but alas, someone thought of it first.

My favorite nanotech idea so far is the “purple liquid electronics” molecule that Nanosolar (Palo Alto) says could turn all roofs into less expensive solar panels. I think a world where people are able to generate much of their own energy will be a far safer and less interdependent world. There are dozens of other world changing ideas that I am stumbling across.

Meanwhile, don’t worry about me getting too caught up in the Nanotech hype or maybe even the upcoming Nanotech bubble. I’ll definitely keep myself grounded with all my internet companies. :)

Gotta run and do some quantum physics homework.