Brad's Books and Organizations

Books

Books

Organizations

Organizations

Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

« swipe left for tags/categories

swipe right to go back »

Is There A Better Phrase for “ICT”?

Comments (11)

As co-chairman of the Colorado Governor’s Innovation Council, I’ve been regularly exposed to the acronym ICT.  It’s not a familiar or comfortably one to me and I chronically call it “CIT” or expand it incorrectly.

I am looking for a phrase that covers IT + Communications + Software + Internet.  These are the four components of ICT that drive a huge chunk of business activity and innovation in Colorado.  In my world as a VC, I call this software + Internet, but that doesn’t cover the full landscape.

My friends at Silicon Flatirons have put together a Wiki titled Innovation in Colorado and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) where we are compiling the history of the ICT ecosystem in Colorado.  If you have participated in this in any way, feel free to jump on and add your thoughts and facts.

What’s your favorite phrase or acronym for this?

  • rock mcqueen

    i always had a hard time with the acronym too until a friend that is a well-known entrepreneur turned angel investor coined "UPICT" pronounced you picked.

    it stands for Unpatented Patentable Information Communication Technology.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

    Ok – that made me laugh out loud!

  • http://www.flywichita.com/ Micah Schwalb

    Just call it "Wichita."

  • http://www.karlkatzke.com Karl Katzke

    Rather generically, we call the department that handles these items at my employer "Info Systems", since we consider communications circuits to be yet another "system".

  • jpmnyc

    nerdistan

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tony_casson5682 Tony Casson

    I hear you on this front. I have been working toward my MS in Telecommunications (strongly affiliated with Silicon Flatirons) part-time at CU for the last few years and have had a difficult time explaining why a telecommunications degree is important to my work in IT/Software/Communications/Internet. Telecommunications is indeed all of the above but it feels like a dated term, a point on which some of the professors have concurred and agreed that it might limit interest in the program. So your question is really how do we sum up our contemporary information era communications milieu concisely and poetically. One that comes to mind is Software, Information Networks and Systems although the resulting acronym is already copyrighted by a higher authority, I beleive. The appropriate phrase to describe our time period in the technology business though might be the Networked Online Information Systems Era

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/tony_casson5682 Tony Casson

    I hear you on this front. I have been working toward my MS in Telecommunications (strongly affiliated with Silicon Flatirons) part-time at CU for the last few years and have had a difficult time explaining why a telecommunications degree is important to my work in IT/Software/Communications/Internet. Telecommunications is indeed all of the above but it feels like a dated term, a point on which some of the professors have concurred and agreed that it might limit interest in the program. So your question is really how do we sum up our contemporary information era communications milieu concisely and poetically. One that comes to mind is Software, Information Networks and Systems although the resulting acronym is already copyrighted by a higher authority, I believe. The appropriate phrase to describe our time period in the technology business though might be the Networked Online Information Systems Era

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    SINS and NOISE – nicely done.

  • Dave

    Thirty years from now, no one will think of "communication" as separate from information technology (many don't now). The right description is "Information Technology" (IT) with a possible elaboration of categories (e.g., communication, storage, computing, application software).

  • http://www.replica-china.net replcia handbags

    Such a good article, caught my sympathy!

  • Pingback: low cost auto insurance arizona

Build something great with me