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John Patrick

 

Brief Description: Former VP of Internet technology at IBM, now "e-tired"

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John Patrick was vice president of Internet Technology at IBM Corporation, where he worked for 34 years until he "e-tired" at the end of 2001. Widely described as a leading Internet visionary, Patrick believes the next generation of the Internet is about to make today's Internet seem primitive.

During his IBM career, Patrick helped start IBM's leasing business at IBM Credit Corporation, and was senior marketing executive during the launch of the IBM ThinkPad. It was in the early 1990s, that he bagn dedicating his time to fostering Internet technologies.

His blog is one of the most-read in the industry, and here he not only continues to expound on his theory that only 4-5% of the Internet's potential is being used, but also packs it full of other observations and insights too.

"Blogs can potentially deliver the grassroots discussions and knowledge-sharing that top-down, corporate-sponsored efforts never could," he has said, adding:

"I think this blog phenomenon is one of those things that comes along every decade or so and gets completely underestimated by just about everybody. It's very much like what's going on with Wi-Fi now, and very much what happened with the Web ten years ago. Blogs are a whole new Internet channel, yet another example of how the Internet has made it possible for new ideas to come along and change the status quo."

 

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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