The second part of our two-part interview with Nicholas Montgomery,a 16-year-old technology blogger, podcaster, entrepreneur, and regular tech expert on The Marilyn Denis Show in Canada... See the first part here.
You often write about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to be motivated for success. What is your inspiration and where are you headed with this?
My inspiration for writing about entrepreneurs is that they try to solve real problems and leave an impact on the world. I admire entrepreneurs who see issues and can offer solutions without letting any barriers get in the way. I myself have started a social organization called One Plant Per Class . Fortune 500 companies and academic studies have shown productivity increases and a more positive mental state can arise just from having one plant in the room. I decided to take action at my school and I ‘ m now amidst working with the fourth largest school board in Canada, The Toronto District School Board, to get one plant in every classroom. It isn’t going to revolutionize education, but it is a small change that will have a huge impact on students. Most importantly, I want to inspire other young adults, who may also have an idea to improve education, to share it with the world.
What is the one piece of advice that you want to continually remind yourself of as you progress with your career?
“Happiness isn’t the absence of problems, but how you deal with them.” - Siddhārtha Gautama
I love this quote because some things in life that happen are just simply out of your control and you can only control how you deal with them.
What tech predictions do you have for 2012?
A strong Google+ presence will become more important than Twitter. For the past few days, I’ve been testing out the Search Plus your World changes and the implications are mind-blowing. What the update does is change the search algorithm to place a much greater emphasis on what your Google+ friends are sharing. Every single search page is now personalized. Even if they aren’t signed-in to their Google+ account, previous search history, geo location and other search behaviour is taken into consideration. For example, Gary Vanyerchuk is in one of my circles and when I searched Facebook on Google. The fourth result was Gary Vaynerchuk’s Facebook page – not because of him having the most link backs or best SEO optimization, but it was because he had previously shared it. To appear on the search results page above the paid ads (of very competitive keywords) it only takes a few thousands fans. Try searching cars for instance; right now it only takes Ferrari 6,350 fans to appear at the top of search results, above the paid results. By having Ferrari included in my circle it also means they have an impact on what I see in my search results. Searching for fast cars? They may have shared a fast car on Google+, so it will influence my search results.
3-D Printers will change the economy, taking China out of the picture in the next 3-5 years. Both Canada and the U.S. have primarily outsourced majority of its manufacturing to China. At the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Makerbot showcased a 3-D printer that you can purchase for your home for $1,749.00 – not exactly within the average budget for a printer. Also, it is not practical as it takes hours to print. However, flat-screen prices have fallen 800% in the past decade and have greatly improved. Three-dimensional printing from digital designs will transform manufacturing and allow more people to start making things. Soon, I believe everyone will have a printer in their house, a bucket of raw materials and we’ll just buy the blueprints to make basic objects that are one material based and have it in our house within an hour. This takes China out of the picture because we’re doing all the manufacturing ourselves. We won’t be able to make iPods on 3-D printers (yet), but for most basic objects that are one material based, we’ll be able to print ourselves in the comfort of our homes.
Everyone will learn basic coding skills. Initiatives such as CodeYear are showing people, who want to learn, how to write code. Already 355,739 people have signed up for the 2012 weekly programming lessons. Even the Mayor of New York City has signed up . Local initiatives, for instance Ladies Learning Code in Toronto, are popping up to help people learn basic coding skills.
Tech expert Nicholas Montgomery can be seen regularly on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, which airs Weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CTV, 11 a.m. ET on CTV Two and on-demand at marilyn.ca.
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