Open Mobile ecosystems: The disruptive potential of open systems and open source in the mobile environment

I am happy to announce a new book from futuretext: Open Mobile ecosystems: The disruptive potential of open systems and open source in the mobile environment

With Android, OpenSocial and other developments, I believe that open systems will dominate Mobile applications development. With a blog called OpenGardens – these developments were clearly of interest to me. Thus, when the opportunity arose to write a book with Anna Gatti and Mauro Del Rio (Founder and Chairman of Buongiorno) about this new mobile industry paradigm – it was an offer I could not refuse.

The book had a curious history ..

It all stated when I spoke at Stanford last year and I met Dr Adam Tolnay – who has since remained a great friend.

Adam introduced me to Anna and Mauro – who both wanted to write a ‘truly visionary and radical book about the Mobile data industry’. We met in the lobby of the Fairmont in San Francisco earlier this year – and since then we have swapped ideas about this book.

This will be a strategic, visionary book focussed on the impact of Open systems on mobile devices – a new paradigm in mobile industry. It will cover the principles – for instance – Open systems, Open Gardens, Open source and Net neutrality followed by a discussion of it’s impact on the industry and a vision for the future.

Apart from me, the two other authors will be Anna Gatti and Mauro Del Rio. The book will also be incorporating strategic insights from Dr Andreas Constantinou Director of visionmobile .

I am pleased to have Andreas on board .. Andreas recently wrote Informa’s report on Open Source in Mobile and we have both been blogging about Open systems and Android. I feel privileged to work with such great group of people in Anna, Mauro and Andreas.

Watch this space. Book due in March 2008

Ajit Jaokar – futuretext

Ajit Jaokar believes in a pragmatic but open Mobile Data industry – a vision which he fosters through his blog OpenGardens. The OpenGardensBlog was recently rated a top 20 wireless blog worldwide by readers of Fierce wireless. The OpenGardens blog is also syndicated on the W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative/ Planet Mobile.

Ajit’s recent talks have included Keynote at O Reilly Web20 expo(April 2007), 3GSM – talk on Mobile Web 2.0, Keynote at Java One , European parliament – Brussels – (Electronic Internet Foundation), Stanford University’s Digital visions program , MIT Sloan and others

Media appearances include BBC – Newsnight, CNN money, The BBC digital planet , The Scoble show

Ajit moderates Oxford University’s Next generation mobile applications panel and also conducts a course on Web 2.0 and User generated content at Oxford University

He is currently doing a PhD on Identity and Reputation systems at UCL in London and his last book was Mobile Web 2.0

Anna Gatti

Anna Gatti is currently working at Google in Mountain View, California. Before joining Online Sales and Operations at Google, Anna was partner of myQube, the venture capital arm of Telecom Italia, focusing on innovation in fixed and mobile telecommunications. Previously, she was Senior Economist and Advisor at the World Health Organization where she led several international projects. From 1997 to 2001 she served as researcher and faculty at University

of California Berkeley (Berkeley, CA, USA), Stanford University (Stanford, CA, USA), Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), and the Business School Fundacao Getulio Vargas (San Paolo, Brazil). Anna Gatti is editor and author of several publications in organizational theory, innovation and knowledge transfer, and she has been invited to present papers to many conferences and seminars worldwide. She holds a degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy),

a post-doc in organizational behavior from Stanford University.

Mauro Del Rio is Founder and Chairman of Buongiorno

Mauro Del Rio is Founder and Chairman of Buongiorno S.p.A. Prior to founding Buongiorno in 1999, he had been Senior Strategy Manager at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), specialising in consultancy for the most important financial institutions and Italian wireline and wireless telecommunication companies. Before joining Accenture, Mr Del Rio worked at Ote Telecomunicazioni – the Italian branch of Marconi Group – specialising in the research and development of the first experimentation of standard technology GSM in 1989. Mauro Del Rio began his professional career as a researcher in Cefriel/Politecnico University, where he gained a Master’s Degree in IT in 1988.

Andreas Constantinou, Ph.D. | Research Director

Andreas Constantinou is Research Director at VisionMobile, a strategic market intelligence firm specialising in uncovering under-the-radar mobile markets. Andreas has eight years experience in research, development and strategy in wireless. He specialises in mobile handsets, mobile software market, device management, operator strategy and open source. Andreas has worked on several product and marketing strategy projects for clients including France Telecom, T-Mobile, OMTP, Red Bend, Abaxia, Scalado and Trolltech, and authored numerous research reports for analyst firms Informa, Ovum and ARCchart. He specialises in providing intelligence on the mobile vendor landscape, analysing market dynamics and identifying mobile industry trends. When not hoping on planes, Andreas spends his time between Athens and London.

Andreas is invited regularly at international telecoms conferences as a speaker and chairman. He serves at the board of advisors at The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), a Swedish UI technology company. He is also a monthly columnist for two telecoms print magazines, ‘InfoCom’ and ‘Mobile Telephony’. Andreas holds a Ph.D. in Image & Video Compression from the University of Bristol, UK.


  1. Congrats everyone!

  2. Marc Schaer says:

    dear Ajit,
    desperately waiting for that book to arrive.
    will it be released this month?