My recollection of flash, it was one of the first wonder tools of the internet. As a developer in the late nineties the internet in general struggled to be as dynamic as desktop software or other traditional mediums. So when flash showed up, it all changed. Interface could be created to improve usability. Games could be great. Ads could be attention getting, dynamic, and fun. Artist like Odd Todd created art based exclusively on this format. This was all new.
Richardson Chamber of Commerce had its 58th Annual Meeting. Among the highlights were the the keynote speaker Michael Tipsord, State Farm COO, who discussed State Farm's new expansion into Richardson. As part of the event, Dr. David Daniels, President of UT Dallas in Richardson was recognized as the 2014 Citizen of the Year. The Chamber also recognized its volunteers of the year, including Katie Patterson, Heather Lozano, Ginger Tonne, Martin Molloy, Alix Foster, Stan Bradshaw, Small Business Signarama’s Brian Head, and Kirk Wilson.
Over the past 30 years the Richardson Chamber of Commerce has honored business with a annual luncheon and reception. This year Richardson businesses and organizations were recognized with eight award following categories: Commercial Real Estate Project, Community Service, Environmental, International, Newcomer, Public/Non-Profit/Education, Entrepreneurship, and Richardson Loyalty.
It is nice to be notice for doing something right. Recently, one of our clients elect us to receive the Consumers' Choice Award. The Consumers' Choice Award founded in1985 as an initiative to provide consumers with a guide to superior customer service. The CCA utilizes objective criteria when identifying quality businesses in a wide variety of goods and service industries.
Over the last couple of months you may have heard some rumbling about Net Neutrality and how currently some courts, some members of the FTC, and internet providers wish to limit Net Neutrality. First let us defined Net Neutrality. According to Wikipedia Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication. Yawn. Why is that important? It is pretty simple when you understand the workings of the internet like those of us in the profession. Every start up, every boutique concepts, every website for that matter has a promise on the Internet. The playing field is level. Not in marketing. Not in brand. But in one very critical way, access. Anybody who has access to the internet has access to that website. This is important for the Internet's ability to innovate, grown, and prosper. By way of example, let's pretend it 1995 all over again. And a small little company out of San Jose, California is starting something totally different. They are starting a brand new type of website. A website where anybody can auction off anything. This website got a lot of attention and grew to a 15 Billion dollar business. You are all probably familiar with Ebay. Okay so let's remove net neutrality and see all the possible problems Ebay could have had.