In a recent article, The Atlantic takes a looks at the threads that connect Steve Case’s investments:
A luxury-home network. A car-sharing company. An explosive deal site. Maybe you see three random ideas. [Steve] Case and his team saw three bets that paid off thanks to a new Web economy that promotes power in numbers and access over ownership. [Emphasis added.]
From time to time at Radar we’ve been checking in on this “access vs. ownership” trend.
For example, Lisa Gansky, author of “The Mesh,” explained why businesses need to embrace sharing and open systems
Corey Pressman, founder of Exprima Media, discussed the role customization will play in an access-dominant media world:
… music access versus ownership is very compelling. I could see a possible near future in which “accessible music” (streaming unlimited cloud access) trumps “owned music” (purchased CDs or downloads). In this scenario, customization — creating customized playlists — is external to the media; customization is handled by the conduit, not the content.
More from Pressman here.
And in an interview with Audrey Watters, education theorist George Siemens noted that in the education data/analytics world, “Data access and ownership are equally important issues: who should be able to see the analysis that schools perform on learners?”
Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in our coverage. And it’s easy to see how the same trend applies to the technical side: access requires storage and ubiquity, which generally leads to a cloud solution (and then you get into issues like public cloud vs private cloud, who’s responsible for uptime, what happens when there’s a breach, who actually owns that data, how do you maximize performance, and on and on …)
What’s your take? Will access become the default? Or is ownership a hardwired trait?