Nearly half of consumers prefer online shopping to brick and mortar stores. According to the New York Times, Half the country considers online shopping the best way to get products and services. And while about half of consumers still use a brick-and-mortar store as their primary place to buy online, they are moving there faster than at any time in the past decade, maybe due to the fact that people tend to save more money when shopping online (click now to get the details).

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What About Mobile
Well, let’s be honest…I’m not quite sure what it is about mobile devices that people are searching for. Some people like to shop while on the go. Others just don’t like getting up in the morning to stand in a line. Some people like to share or organize information. And still others simply prefer that they use their device to look up answers to common questions. If you were to use a mobile device to browse, would you visit a website? That’s right, you would visit a website. And the questions you would ask? “What do I need to do to make this movie theater work?” or “How do I open an account?” Of course you would. That is what you would do, whether it was online or in person. The Internet is a digital utility, and in the way that a utility like water or electricity exists, you go to an Internet service provider, who then operates a distribution system to carry your water, power, and gas. With your information, and in the way that the Internet functions, the Internet has a utility function. That is what people call the “Internet of Everything.” You can go online or download a book or a television show and immediately experience it on your iPad, on your Android, on your Apple TV, or on your TV set. In that way, it’s a digital utility. One is an asset. The other is an investment. One can buy or rent. The other has a value.

The Internet is an asset-rich service. It is a virtual utility. It is an investment. As I discuss in The Internet of Everything: A Global Perspective, the concept of the Internet as a utility does not fit in the conventional framework, the one that puts value and assets at the center of the economic structure. This is a fundamental problem. It leads us to question the very basis of our economic understanding of the world and our sense of social order and democracy. You can change all of this simply by saying that the Internet is an asset, an investment, a business opportunity.

That is a radical proposition. Yet that is precisely what is happening. It’s not just the Internet of things: it’s everything.

What’s exciting is the rapid evolution of new industries and opportunities created by these new technologies. This is the reason why my company has launched the Global Business Network of Businesses. Our goal is to connect people to companies with an advantage in a market with great growth potential. Our network will connect entrepreneurs, scientists, investors, venture capitalists, governments, NGOs, and individuals.

In the long run, I think we will see more and more companies that aim to be the global business network of the world. They will use technology to make sure that their users remain connected to their company no matter where they are. I am sure that in a few years, they will see themselves as the global business network of the world.