Tesla Model S as a software innovation platform

iphone version 1Back in 2007, I was fortunate to be in the audience in San Francisco’s Moscone Center when Steve Jobs stood up and released the first version of the Apple iPhone.

That device genuinely raised the bar. It was a watershed in the design and interaction model of a portable computing device. No mobile device company has designed a mobile phone or tablet device since then, without some level of reference to and comparison to the iPhone.

Model S is the product of a company lead through the rare talents of another visionary entrepreneur, Elon Musk.

When looking at this vehicle, it becomes immediately clear that this product – and its design team –  will have a comparable impact in the transport sector over the coming few decades.

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Tesla Model S arrival

Its been a long time coming. Back in 2012 I ordered a Tesla Motors Model S, on the day they were announced. I believe that my car was order #69 in the world, and at the time there was no guarantee when – or if – they’d be sold in Australia.

A few weeks ago, and around 60,000 Model S vehicles later, my shiny new Pearl White and Carbon Fibre Black P85+ is finally in its home in Adelaide, South Australia.

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15 Megabits Is Not Enough

There are a lot of bogus memes – false statements claimed to be statements of truth – that are doing the rounds about the Australian National Broadband Network.

In addition, as this classic xdcd cartoon says, it is always the case that… Someone Is WRONG On The Internet.

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RMIT Talking Technology podcast

I had a nice chat with Garry Barker for an RMIT University Podcast series called “Talking Technology”.  We talked (yes, again :) ) about my favourite hot-button items – startups, innovation and investment cycles and electric cars.

The release date for the podcast is 14 August 2014, and here it is:



Of startups and electric cars

Here is a recording of an interview I did with Charlie Brown for his “Life and Technology” show. This was aired on Radio 2GB on Saturday 9th August 2014.


This conversation was about two distinct topics – the challenges of starting a company in Australia and also about electric cars in this country.

You can also read more about Tesla and their cars – with some more thoughts from me as well on that topic, at the cybershack web site.


The NBN destination is worth the journey

Here is a recording of an interview I did with Charlie Brown for his “Life and Technology” show, aired on Radio 2GB on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

(8 minutes)

There is also short summary of the conversation on the Cybershack web site.

I enjoyed the conversation with Charlie and I hope you find it interesting too.