I just checked the New Florence index and we are at 4,960 posts. We should cross 5,000 by middle of July at the current pace.
The first post on that blog was on March 7, 2005. Back then, I was discouraged by lack of innovation in enterprise software, telecommunications and outsourcing, areas I help clients with and also write about on this blog. New Florence was a distraction I thought would run out of ideas in a couple of years.
It’s still going strong. Eleven years ago, the iPhone, FitBit, AWS, the Tesla Model S had not been launched, the term Big Data had not been coined, IV drips in hospitals were still manual.
It’s been a remarkable eleven years, and if you look wide enough across infotech, nanotech, healthtech, cleantech, biotech, foodtech and around the world, the pace of innovation is only accelerating. New Florence has given me ideas for several of my books. It has made me much more curious about every city I visit, every executive I interview.
Importantly, it has exposed me to the “art of the possible” and encouraged my clients to expect more of their enterprise vendors. Fortunately, we have seen at least some progress in the world. But if I continue to sound demanding on this blog, blame it on New Florence, because I see that the pace of innovation is not slowing
Thanks to everyone who has inspired me for the past decade, to readers and to the sponsors. Here’s to another 5,000!