SNS FiRe Conference Names Mojio a 2015 FiReStarter Company

Global Thought Leaders Converge to Work on Solving Some of the World’s Greatest Challenges in Real-Time

Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that Mojio, the leading open platform for connecting cars, has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

MojioMojio, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, is reinventing driving by keeping drivers connected to their favorite people, places, and things. Mojio’s award-winning 3G+GPS plug-and-play device connects through the car’s OBD-II port, opening up thousands of data points to Mojio’s cloud-based connected car platform. Through its innovative engineering solutions, Mojio is able to generate unparalleled insights on what’s happening under the hood, behind the wheel, and all around the car.

Mojio’s open platform makes it easy for third-party developers and partners to create apps that connect drivers with the products and services they want and need. The platform currently has more than 500 active developers producing automotive solutions to help everyone from a national fleet manager to teen drivers. This nimble and open approach to development is fostering a fast-growing apps ecosystem that supports the future of the connected car experience.

“At Mojio, we’re striving to be at the forefront of both the technology and automotive industries,” said Jay Giraud, Founder and CEO of Mojio. “We believe that continuous innovation is necessary, and we embody this entrepreneurial spirit at Mojio every day. Recognition as a FiReStarter company further validates our efforts to make driving more like the car commercials promised.”

“With all of the media focus on the Connected Car, we believe the driver has been left out of the technical conversation by and large, at least until now. Mojio brings information about cars to people, something I expect a large number of drivers to find exciting and compelling,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 13th year, FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

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Mark R. Anderson and David Brin to Keynote COFES 2015


At the 16th annual design and engineering software event, scientist/inventor/futurist/bestselling SF author David Brin will discuss what’s on the horizon for five years down the road, and technologist/prognosticator/advisor Mark R. Anderson will discuss strategic security issues and how they complicate software and impact risk.

Cyon Research announced today that David Brin will give the Friday keynote and Mark R. Anderson will give the Saturday keynote a at COFES 2015. COFES: The Congress On the Future of Engineering Software will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona from April 16-19 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

The two keynotes resonate with the COFES 2015 theme: “Stepping Back to See the Big Picture.”
Engineers and software professionals spend the majority of their time getting things done, tightly focused on execution of tasks and plans. Along the way, they are continuously faced with choices, big and small. Too often, decisions are made in the narrow context of what is directly in front of them. This year, COFES takes a giant step backwards in order to challenge attendees to broaden their view: to think about thinking about the bigger picture.

Brin’s keynote is “The murky road ahead: from an Internet of Things to human augmentation and AI… Looking beyond the five year ROI horizon.” According to Brin, responsible companies and chief engineers must focus on the five year return on investment, but they must also consider other horizons. If they do not, they could face the same demise as great companies like Polaroid, Kodak and Xerox. His keynote will focus on determining how much time/energy/budget should be spent on exploring the realm of “what-if” possibilities.

Anderson’s keynote is centered on “Security, Risk, and Software: Protecting Crown Jewels from State-sponsored Theft.” Anderson explains that it is impossible to gauge risk levels in the protection of corporate secrets today without understanding the role of national business models built upon crown jewel IP theft. In his keynote, Anderson will describe the latest research into the causes and levels of effort behind large-scale, state-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks. Lastly, having briefed the White House, CIA, NSA and other government agencies here and abroad, he will share some of the same suggestions on pragmatic ways to address these risks.

“David Brin and Mark R. Anderson are both highly sought-after for their depth and breadth of knowledge and their proven ability to foresee major changes to society and the economy,” said Brad Holtz, president and CEO of Cyon Research Corporation. “Their vision and insights will leave attendees with significant takeaways, knowledge, and a bigger picture perspective.”

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What will soar and fail in tech and business in 2015

fortune-magazine-200From Fortune:

“No one does predictions like Mark Anderson, whose forecasts about the intersection of the economy and technology are closely followed in Silicon Valley. He has a global view of what’s the next big thing and place along an eye for hot products and countries that about to take a dive. Anderson is head of Strategic News Service, a newsletter publisher for industry leaders and venture capitalists. It claims a readership that includes Dell CEO, Michael Dell, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Recently, Mark Anderson listed his predictions for 2015 during a gathering in San Francisco. Here are his key points…”

Read more at Fortune online.

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The Sony Hack And Nortel’s Demise: Piracy Vs. Crown Jewel Theft

mark_anderson-58f105a6adbd9f49954a1796e161b994At Mark Anderson CEO, Strategic News Service, discusses the impact of cyber espionage on the tech industry:

“In the last few years, we’ve seen a continued exponential increase in cyber attacks, with different purposes in mind: blocking bank operations, listening to military communications, stealing customer IDs, and taking the greatest secrets held by corporations and governments – their “crown jewel” secrets. The results have been uniformly negative, and wildly different in levels of damage. ”

Read more at Forbes

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SNS on Peak Oil Pricing: The most important economic prediction of the decade

From our SNS Report dated Oct 2, 2014: “SNS Australia: Dancing in the Deadly Embrace”,
in Upgrades and Numbers: “Peak Pricing, Not Peak Oil”

“I’ve long said that the real price of oil – meaning, the cost of getting it out of the ground plus making a reasonable (vs. rapacious) profit – is in the $14/bbl range. With increased costs for difficulty of retrieval (deeper wells and waters) and more advanced technology, that price should be higher; perhaps it’s $45-$55 today.

“Here’s a quick look at where prices are going:



“While a chartist might see the end of this fall somewhere around $90/bbl, I am suggesting that we have much further to go.

“$50/bbl should do it. How long will it take? Since I think China is hitting a real set of economic blocks, I am expecting this to be sooner, rather than later; perhaps 5 years or less, rather than 10.

“And since this will change almost everything in global economics, it seems worth sharing with our members.

“I don’t think oil is ever coming back.”


Crude oil prices as of January 12, 2015



Headlines for January 2015:


Global OilWSJ, January 12, 2015
Brent Crude Settles Below $50 for First Time in Nearly Six Years


USA Today, January 12, 2015
Saudi prince: $100-a-barrel oil ‘never’ again

635565840189835514--Prince-ALWALEED-2“Saudi Arabia and all of the countries were caught off guard. No one anticipated it was going to happen. Anyone who says they anticipated this 50% drop (in price) is not saying the truth.

Because the minister of oil in Saudi Arabia just in July publicly said $100 is a good price for consumers and producers. And less than six months later, the price of oil collapses 50%.”

– Saudi billionaire investor prince Alwaleed bin Talal, in an interview with Maria Bartiromo.


Crude oil prices renew a slide that has yet to bottom


Stocks close lower as oil prices tumble 5%


How low can oil prices go? Welcome to the oil market’s old normal


Oil dives anew, falling 5 percent on Goldman downgrade, outages

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Improved cybersecurity, health devices among predictions at Bellingham tech event

From the Bellingham Herald:

“Despite the problems around cybersecurity and theft, technology
continues to make strides that will lead to dramatic changes in the coming

That’s one of the many takeaways from Mark Anderson in his annual top
technology and economic predictions presentation, held on Friday, Jan. 9, at
Whatcom Community College. The event was organized by the Northwest
Technology Alliance Group.”

Read the complete article.

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SNS Special Alert: Is Sony or China the real Censor?

cyber securityBy: Mark Anderson

When Dalian Wanda, China’s largest commercial real estate and entertainment firm, bought the US’ second-largest theater chain, AMC, a few years ago, I wondered what the result would be.

Already, we had started to see the effects of China’s desire to move its censorship efforts offshore and into the US film industry, with the increase in various levels of pandering to Chinese censors by US studios in an effort to get Chinese domestic distribution. Double endings, Chinese heros, Chinese settings, and even Chinese script approval, all became part of the new economics of making more money on blockbuster films.

This week, as Sony wrestled with how to manage the damage from North Korea’s hack of its networks, it waited for theater chains to ring in. According to the LA times, Regal decided not to cancel, but to delay showing The Interview, a comedy based on “taking out” Kim Jung Un.

And then AMC announced it would pull all of its US theaters out of distribution for the film. It was AFTER AMC’s announcement that Sony decided to pull not just the single Christmas day showing, but the entire distribution of the film.

Could Sony have launched the film in defiance of AMC’s pullout? I seriously doubt it.

Result: For all intents and purposes, it appears that China censored the American film offerings this season, and not Sony.

For some reason, all of the press seems to have missed this story to date.

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2015 Predictions Luncheon with Mark R. Anderson


January 9, 2015 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

Register Here

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How do hackers gain access?

SNS INVNT/IP Board Member Richard Marshall on CNN:



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Mark Anderson to Speak on “The Benefits of Public Broadband”

Connect with the World Conference on October 9 in Mount Vernon to Focus on the Benefits of Publicly Owned Broadband Infrastructure

Local and national private sector and government leaders will meet in Mount Vernon, Washington, on October 9, 2014 to discuss the benefits of publicly owned broadband infrastructure during the innovative Connect with the World Conference.

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