The Mokriya Weekly Roundup - China's Mobile Revolution And More

A weekly, hand-curated digest of the latest mobile and technology news and insights from the Mokriya team.

Mobile, IoT, Tech: News + Trends

China’s Mobile Revolution (pt. 1)
The first instalment in a three part series looking at China and its ongoing mobile revolution, from Tony Jing.

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future
Kurzweil identifies genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics as the big three tech revolutions yet to come.

Amazon’s Echo is the New Vaudeville
Logan Hill explores (amusingly) the world of Amazon’s cloud-based, voice-activated software - Alexa.

A revolutionary new way to access all your files
Big announcement this week from Dropbox: “Project Infinite will enable users to seamlessly and securely access all their Dropbox files from the desktop, regardless of how much space they have available on their hard drives.”

Why developers are sitting pretty for IoT
Great in-depth article on SDTimes exploring just how big the IoT opportunity is going to be for developers.

Mobile, IoT yet to become data breach targets
The latest research from Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report suggests mobile and IoT devices are still not a factor in real-world data attacks.

Intel looks beyond PCs to the cloud and Internet of Things
Why Intel are betting big on IoT and the cloud.

5 Apps That Will Actually Save You Money
Fun (and useful) list of money-savings apps on Product Hunt.

Design + Development Stories

Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.
Epic post from Dan Grover taking on the recent “bot mania”.

Progress Trackers in UX Design
More great design insights from Nick Babich: “An easy-to-use stepped process helps users avoid frustration and successfully complete a primary task.”

Being A Developer After 40
From freeCodeCamp, Adrian Kosmaczewski: “Hi everyone, I am a forty-two years old self-taught

What Is Product Management? (And What Will It Look Like In The Future)

The term product has become ubiquitous with tech. And with the rise of product comes a rise in opportunities for product-related roles. The Product Manager being central to this movement.

The tech keeps evolving, and so does the art of Product Management. Just as we had become more familiar with web and mobile technologies, product must now keep pace with emerging developments across IoT, AI and more.

Product Management has traditionally been hard to define. It connects to each of the user experience, business and technical functions of a company. This creates a multi-faceted discipline that attracts a range of skill sets, and a little bit of confusion as to what it precisely involves.

With this in mind, coupled with the emerging technology trends, we thought it was a good time to ask the question: what is product management? Followed by a follow-up question: what will it look like in the future?

The best way to find the answers to these questions is to ask the people that are in the trenches of product management each and every day.

See our SlideShare presentation below to find out what we discovered:

Luke Ryan is part of the marketing team at Mokriya. He tweets about growth, company culture and IoT.

The Mokriya Weekly Roundup - VR, Wearables and Beacons

The Mokriya team's hand curated posts over the past week featuring the best content on IoT, mobile, design, development and the future of work.

The Internet of Things

The VR idea maze
“State of VR now can be seen more than anything else as a list of questions - an ‘idea maze’ of possibilities.” Great commentary on VR from Benedict Evans.

Why the Internet of Things needs open source
Jack Wallen makes the case for open source in IoT.

AI is not a threat to humanity, but an Internet of ‘Smart’ Things may be!
“As responsible developers of technology, we may want to ensure that our comfort-driven instincts do not take precedence over our larger commitment to inclusive economic growth, more compassionate societies and a better world at large.”

The Psychology of Wearables and Wearable Technology
More great content from UX Planet on the design challenges that we face as IoT and wearables gain momentum.

Research: IoT developer survey reveals most popular technologies
Super interesting results on IoT developers revealing trends on languages, protocols and platforms.

The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup
Epic read: “The world’s hottest startup isn’t located in Silicon Valley—it’s in suburban Florida. Kevin Kelly explores what Magic Leap’s mind-bending technology tells us about the future of virtual reality.”

Shock Clock WakeUp Trainer - Never Hit Snooze Again
“The Pavlok Shock Clock is the first device that uses effective, tested sensory inputs to wake you up and keep you alert.” IoT product development in action.

What Happens When Bots Learn to Lie?
Hunter Walk explores the ethics question in relation to the exploding chatter around bots.

Mobile Design + Development

Quit my full time corporate job. Built an iOS game. It became #1 in the App Store.

Retail Comeback Will Be Fueled By Data And Beacons

Ecommerce is appealing because it’s easy and accessible. Who would choose driving to a store over getting their shopping done in just a few clicks. This ease doesn’t come from nowhere though. It’s the measurability of online commerce that made it so powerful. Data is power and when you measure every click, the data is yours, be it through recommendation algorithms, A/B testing product pages, or fine-tuning newsletter headlines. Good news brick-and-mortar: the data is coming your way. All thanks to beacons.

You’ve probably heard about the death of retail in 2015, 2014, 2013, or perhaps even earlier. It’s 2016 and we can all agree the rumours have been greatly exaggerated. Brick-and-mortar retail still is an enormous business. In total, American retail industry is on track to reach $5 trillion in sales this year. Ecommerce saw meteoric growth over the past two decades and still captures only about 7% of total retail sales in the US. So if brick-and-mortar is not dying then… why does everyone keep saying otherwise?

Legacy retailers have their problems, as I’m sure former executives of Radio Shack and Blockbuster would confirm. But as the above figures show, ecommerce eating their lunch is not their biggest concern. How about Wall Street demanding higher growth even as wages remain stagnant, leading to supply outpacing demand? That, however, is not something technology will solve. Where technology can help, however, is the knowledge gap between stores and their customers. And I’m not talking about anything like being more hip and savvy to meet millennial tastes, or whatever consulting companies recommend these days. No, it’s about understanding the customer on an individual level.

That’s where ecommerce triumphs. They know us. They know what we like, what we click, what size

The Mokriya Weekly Roundup - Investing in IoT and More

The Mokriya team's hand curated posts over the past week featuring the best content on IoT, mobile, design, development and the future of work.

The Internet of Things

The Product Design of IoT
Joe Johnston of Universal Mind breaks down the UX design challenge for emerging IoT products.

We need battery-free wireless computers to power the internet of things. Now we have one
“For now we’re stuck with $700 wi-fi enabled juicers” - Michael J. Coren explores where we’re headed in relation to powering and upgrading IoT devices.

Funding To IoT Startups Rallies In Q1'16 To Second-Highest Quarter Yet
Some interesting data from CB Insights on the latest IoT startup investments.

Watches, Wrists, and Wearables
Fred Wilson on the wearables movement: “I think wearables will be a big category but there won’t be one iconic device that dominates like iPhone dominates smartphones in the US.”

Why Investors Are Pouring Billions In Internet of Things
Good read on the link between the demand for smart cities and the increasing investment into IoT.

The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret
The Internet of Shit playing devil’s advocate on the increasing number of IoT devices hitting the market.

Design + Development

Google may be considering Swift for use on Android
Is Google considering making Swift a “first class” language for Android?

The Slack Platform Roadmap
If you’re building on the Slack platform you can hear straight from the horse’s mouth in their response to developer concerns.

Principles of Mobile App Design: Engage Users and Drive Conversions
Google’s UX Research Lead Jenny Gove takes us through 25 principles to build an app that helps users achieve what they’re looking to do.

Why Virtual Reality Will Change Design Forever
“No longer will creatives be forced to

Smart Objects: You Have A Design Problem

A Bluetooth scale! A Wi-Fi door lock! And, of course, a fridge that tweets! We can joke all we want, but smart objects are here to stay. And if anything, we’ll only see more of them. But everyday appliances have a funny problem: they are getting smarter (read: connected) and dumber at the same time. UX people: it’s high time you fixed that, unless you want to earn your place in history at the receiving end of a tweet from @internetofshit.

Complexity Struggle

Last year a friend told me about a founder touring Silicon Valley to raise funds for an Internet of Things startup. The founder was building a solution for home appliance manufacturers interested in connected devices. Smart kettles. Smart lights. Smart everything. One investor allegedly interrupted the pitch. "Do you know how I usually turn on a kettle? Like this" he said as he flipped the switch on an electric kettle. Suffice to say, his checkbook remained closed.

This is a design problem. You might replace the analog switch with an app, claim it’s the future, and proudly exhibit at CES. But in fact you have un-designed a perfectly good kettle.

Connectivity opens up so many possibilities it’s hard to capitalize on them and retain the simplicity of an analog interface with two buttons and a knob. Just think about the mobile landscape in the pre-iPhone days. Smartphones appeared on the market with tons of features but the mobile web was limited, navigation confusing, and performance painfully slow. I still remember my Nokia E52 (high-end handset in its day!). It notoriously froze when typing, which rendered texting borderline impossible and trauma-inducing. It took Apple’s touch of brilliance to actually put smart in smartphone.

With smart objects, we’re still in the Nokia E52

7 Simple Tips For Managing A Distributed Team

A growing list of companies are ditching the physical office in favour of building completely distributed teams. The benefits are well documented. The ability to attract the best talent from anywhere on the planet. Greater freedom and flexibility for team members. A focus on craft over hours clocked in a cubicle.

The remote work trend also comes with its fair share of objections: “We’ll lose our culture”, “Our people won’t get as much work done”, “True collaboration and creativity aren’t possible”.

Mokriya launched in 2010 with Sunil in the Bay Area and Pranil in Phoenix, AZ. Hiring developers in the Bay Area isn’t easy. Sunil discovered our first hire, Mohith, in India. From day 1 Mokriya was a remote team operating across 3 time zones.

Since then our globally distributed team has grown to 40+. Going all in on remote has allowed us to experiment, learn from mistakes and build a list of tips for managing remote teams. If you’re thinking about remote work or building a distributed team, read on to learn how we manage a remote team at Mokriya.

1. Implement A Remote-First Culture

Choosing to be a remote-first company is the most impactful step you can take to manage your team successfully. If half the team is remote and the other half are working from an office you need to think and operate as though the whole team is remote.

As Nick Francis from Help Scout points out:

“Once a remote employee feels out of the loop or forgotten, you’ve lost her. On the other hand, remote culture clicks when everyone has access to the same information.”

Mokriya has team members spread all over the world but there are a handful that work out of our headquarters in Cupertino. We make

Welcome Douglas Drumond, Senior Android Developer

Intro from Mokriya CEO, Sunil Kanderi: "We were looking for a Senior Android Engineer to add to our team and Douglas came highly recommended from one our existing Engineers, Felipe, in Brazil. Douglas breezed through our technical interviews and was a clear favorite. We loved his enthusiasm, energy and curiosity to learn (and teach). He fits well with our amazingly talented and brilliant team of Engineers and Designers. Welcome to the team, Douglas, thrilled to have you."

I'm Douglas, a senior Android developer here at Mokriya. I started working on Android back in 2010. I had worked previously on two separate occasions with one of Mokriya's developers, Felipe. It was through Felipe that I originally learnt about Mokriya. I then started researching more about the great portfolio of projects at Mokriya as well as the inner workings of the company via the Insights blog.

One post in particular, How We Develop, was what got me really interested. I had worked remotely in the past for a period of 9 months. I missed how great it was to own your schedule. Being able to block out the outside world for those moments when sharp focus was required.

Initially I'll be working on various SDK projects at Mokriya. It's cutting-edge technology and a huge challenge ahead. I love learning new stuff and besides, which developer is not up for a challenge? Being on the edge of tech is always exciting and makes my work so much more interesting.

One thing I have noticed that is easily overlooked when it comes to job posts is the quality of the team you will be working with. I'm among amazing people at Mokriya. A truly high-achieving team with some amazing accomplishments behind them. Both from their work on Mokriya projects as well as their own