The Future Is Here: One In Five Developers Working On IoT Projects

If there is one community in the digital age that can tell you what the future would look like, it would be the developer community. So what we spotted today is a telling sign of things to come (pun intended) –

“One-in-five developers now works on IoT projects” – a ComputerWorld headline (Source)

We had spotted some stunning Internet of Things stats before – but this one is the most significant so far.

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One In Twenty Households In The US Has More Than A Million In Assets

We spotted this statistic today, that for US as a whole, 5.2 percent of all households own more than a million dollars in assets.

“For the nation as a whole, 5.2% of households have more than a million in assets, according to the report. The top 1% of American families would have more than $5 million in assets” (Source)

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Richest 80 People Wealthier Than Half Of The World’s Population

Well, wealth numbers always surprise us – we spotted this stat today, that the wealthiest 20 percent in the world hold almost 94.5 percent of all the world’s money – and a bonus stat – the richest 80 people in the world alone now possess more combined riches than do the poorest half of the world’s population (Source)

“The billionaires’ assets have appreciated so quickly since 2010, and the total value of the poor’s resources has dropped so precipitously, that last year it took just the top 80 billionaires to equal the wealth of the bottom 3.5 billion people on the planet” (Source)

Stunning numbers, these.

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VC Money Flowing Into US Companies: 2014 Best Year Since 2000

Here is something to celebrate, as long as the word bubble is banned at the party – 2014 was the best year for companies receiving VC money since 2000. We spotted this stat today:

“Companies collected a staggering $48.3 billion in 4,356 separate investments throughout the year. That marks a 61.4 percent increase compared with the nearly $30 billion raised in 4,193 deals during 2013.” (Source)

Solid year, 2014.

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Stunning: $151 Billion Fled Russia In 2014

We should really do a detailed post to digest what that means – but we spotted this stat today, that the net capital outflows from Russia amounted to USD 151.5 Billion – a huge number, given the fact that Russia actually increased Interest rates in 2014 (Source)

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Pinterest Statistics: 42 Percent of Online Women Use Pinterest

Here is one for the marketing folks – almost half of online women are on Pinterest – Women dominate Pinterest: 42% of online women now use the platform, compared with 13% of online men.(Source)

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Apple’s App Store Bigger Than StarBucks Worldwide

Here is something that will make you go “hmm.. that is huge” – we spotted this stat today, that the Apple App store made $15 billion in revenue for app developers and a $4.5 billion cut for Apple. (Source). At 16.5 Billion dollars, the annual revenue of Starbucks is the closest number that comes to mind.

How do we digest this stat? Let’s try this: we had made this comparison earlier – Starbucks, Gartner and App Stores: The 15 Billion Dollar Connection – and we are glad that the comparison is tracking very well.

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Reddit Statistics: 71 Billion Pageviews In 2014

Competition, anyone? The homepage for the Internet, Reddit, proved that it indeed was the homepage in 2014 – it closed 2014 with 71 Billion Pageviews (Source)

“According to a post on Reddit blog, the site had 71.25 billion pageviews, 54.9 million posts and 535 million comments in 2014. It harbors over 8,000 active communities, and the site’s official mobile app has been installed 1.6 million times.”

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US Housing: Buying Is More Affordable Than Renting In Most Places

Well this is not news exactly – but the numbers are definitely news. In 68 percent of US counties, buying a median priced home is now more affordable than renting a 3 bedroom space.

“Purchasing a median-priced home was more affordable than renting a three-bedroom home in 68% of the 473 counties analyzed by RealtyTrac. On average, renters are expected to spend 27% of their median household income on payments to landlords next year. Meanwhile, becoming a homeowner will require an average of 25% of income to cover the mortgage.”

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27 percent of income on housing? We have written about Rent Vs Buy before – it is a tough call.

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More Than 70 Percent of Instagram’s Users Are Outside The US

It might be an indication that pictures do better than words – any case, we spotted this stat today – that Instagram now has 300 million active users, that makes it bigger than the service that always follows Facebook in all discussions on social stuff – Twitter.

“Instagram announced Wednesday that it now has 300 million monthly active users, up 50 percent in just nine months.

That makes the service, a photo- and video-sharing app owned by Facebook, more popular than Twitter, which had 284 million monthly active users as of the third quarter. More than 70 percent of Instagram’s users are outside the United States, the company said.”

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