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Speaker Interview: Senior Researcher in the Stanford Mobile Innovation Group – Tim Jaconette Article

What do you do?

I am a Senior Researcher in the Stanford Mobile Innovation Group and a professional researcher in the Stanford Department of Economics. I research the monetization, commercialization and platform competition of mobile app, iOS and Android. 

What do you find most rewarding about your role? Most challenging?

I enjoy having the opportunity to share high level insights about the future of smartphones and mobile apps with the world. I find that acquiring quality data about current monetization and app success is the most difficult part of my job. Thanks to some excellent start-up partners, we are the best equipped research group to tackle these questions.

How do you stay up to date with trends in your industry/field?

My group and I conduct original research on behalf of Stanford University to become aware of trends before the industry. We attend conferences to learn more about what start-ups and large companies are doing in this space.

What are your top five applications or programs?

Waze, Twilight, Facebook, Uber and my newest favorite professional networking pp, Weave.

Best way to stay on top of email?

I use Gmail on my phone, laptop and ipad. I reply as soon as I can.

What is your best time-saving trick?

I think my strategic use of google maps and the public transit options it enables helps me be productive during commutes while using my favorite apps or replying to email instead of wasting time driving where I would have to focus on the road.

One non-tech thing you can’t live without?

I love to dance and regularly take dance classes. I think I would be consumed by the stress of work if I didn’t have the opportunity to constantly further my dance skills.

What does your workspace look like?

Many people think of their workspace as a desk in a room or office. When I think of my workspace, I think of my screen of apps on my phone and how they all interact to propel my research forward. I’ve used thousands of apps in the course of my work, my google play account is so full I would need an entire afternoon to clean it out. 

Structure of your typical day, how do you divide your time?

Every day has a different structure for me. Sometimes I’m working with students on research, other days I’m at conferences, sometimes I’m looking at data for two days straight. I always try to keep up with emails no matter where I am or what I’m doing.

I’m available for rapid response interviews about mobile apps or related stores on deadline now or in the future. Personal email and phone work fastest.

Contact time directly:

Tim Jaconette

Mobile: 510-225-8161

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