Sunday, October 29, 2017

Video Killed the Radio Star

This weekend the helped to sponsor an amazing event at Madison Square Garden - New York City.

“THE GARDEN!” Just saying it can give you a chill. Walking into the building, you cannot help but think about all of the historic events and concerts since February 11th, 1968.

20,789 seating capacity. “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and “Unforgettable Starts Here” are clearly seen on the largest banners hanging from the rafters.

I am not so sure that massive stadiums and arenas are in our the future.

Don’t get me wrong - this past weekend’s event was AMAZING. The speakers were AMAZING.


Even those with $3000+ tickets had to wait in line for over an hour to get inside.

The speakers timelines were…..well…

Some speakers complained about “the lights” or the sound or the microphones.

Was it a great day? YES. Did people have a great time?  Absolutely.

But just as we have Airbnb and Uber and Amazon and Netflix…….

I think we shall see more and more “virtual” events, from the comfort of your home or office conference room. I think that events with total seating capacity of 20,789 shall be replaced by unlimited global capacity.

Classrooms are being flipped into virtual classrooms. The need for skyscrapers in big cities seems to be slowing. Self-driving cars and buses will make living (and working) in the suburbs more and more attractive. Collaboration tools like Zoom and the explosion of podcasting are changing the way that we live and work in the clouds.

I am not sure if Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality will kill the skyscraper or the arenas. Or if modern arenas and future auditoriums will take this technology and become experience centers.

THOUSANDS of people attend events, but these events are seen by tens of millions of people on a global basis.

I grew up “Wanting My MTV!” Today, I'm a podcast addict - less video and more audio.

At 12:01am on August 1, 1981, history was made when MTV, the first 24-hour video music channel, launched onto our television sets and literally changed our lives with the birth of the music video. The first video ever played on the network was quite ironic — “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles.

I wonder if "The Cloud" will kill the Skyscraper?