2014 brought us a number of intriguing developments in business and consumer tech. Here’s a list of my Top Twenty trends and disruptions that I found most significant, not only during 2014, but providing pointers for 2015 and beyond.
By now you’ve probably heard more than you want to about Alibaba’s upcoming IPO, estimated to become the largest IPO, raising around $24bn and valuing the Chinese e-commerce giant at $160bn or more. But this event bears even greater significance than its size would indicate. Along with TenCent and Baidu, Alibaba makes up a powerful troika of Chinese internet platforms. Alibaba’s rapid growth, profitability and dominance of the massive Chinese internet marketplace is sure to impact the strategies of Amazon, Google, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo!, and others to compete successfully in that enormous market as well as in other Asian countries, not to mention in other regions.