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I attended Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona a few weeks ago and my main takeaway from the entire event was: 5G mobile devices are a long way off. The Big Cell guys – AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, etc. – were all touting their latest 5G trial results – and some results are indeed impressive. I’m sure the marketing hype around 5G will get them lots of new customers. The major caveat to these 5G trials are that the cell companies are using 5G base stations to transmit data to bulky 5G routers, not 5G smartphones or other mobile devices.
Every startup begins with an aspiration to solve a challenging problem. If it were easy, anyone would do it. In my past startup, NextInput, we brought amazing new hardware technology to market; however, we did so in spite of our engineering tools, not because of them. It was extremely painful developing hardware technology using expensive, outdated, legacy computer-aided engineering (CAE) software tools running on clunky old “high-performance” computers (HPC). I got tired of watching the CAE and HPC space evolve at a much slower pace than other dynamic spaces like ERP and CRM. There had to be a better way.