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Apple’s new product process is a long checklist

Yesterday I wrote about how building a startup is increasingly an exercise in disciplined application of process. Creativity and flair will always be important, but whereas that used to be most everything and charismatic sales driven entrepreneurs with huge personalities were common, these days implementation of processes like ‘lean’ and ‘customer development’ are increasingly [...]

Nest’s Tony Fadell on the importance of focus and saying ‘no’

Tony Fadell is the man of the moment. Nest, the connected thermostat and smoke alarm company he founded in 2010 has just been acquired by Google for $3.2bn. I hear that in it’s three years of existence Nest got it’s thermostat into 1% of US homes and hit revenues of $100m (not sure if [...]

Android is on a path to total dominance

As you can see from the chart above (produced by Microsoft) Android devices have been outselling iOS devices for a couple of years now. However,  many of the Android devices were barely smartphones and device sales were only half the story. The app economy was the other half of the story, and iOS was [...]

The inexorable rise of free – paid apps example


Business Insider posted these two charts today under the headline Paid Apps are Dead. Looking at the data, it’s hard to refute that claim. App developers are still making money, of course, it’s just that they are doing it through in-app purchases rather than from an up-front charge. This solution is better [...]

Business models built around the needs of companies don’t work

It seems trite and obvious to write that the best products are designed around what customers need and want, yet it is still surprisingly common for companies to make decisions based on what’s important for themselves.

Digital magazines are a great example. Physical magazines have been suffering from declining circulations for a while now [...]

The power of platforms

I’ve been reading a few articles recently about the power of platforms as business models and how they’ve replaced vertically integrated models in a number of industries. Three numbers from the Apple Event in San Francisco ram home this message:

1 million apps 60 billion downloads $13bn paid out to app developers

The [...]

Celebrating meritocracy: Happy 5th birthday to the Apple app store

Apple’s app store is five years old today, and it is hard to overstate the impact that it has had on mobile and web services. Apps have replaced URLs as the dominant method for accessing many online services and its dominance is such that people have rushed to apply the app paradigm to other [...]

Apple’s innovation challenge

This chart from Venturebeat shows how Apple’s first quarter revenues broke down (total $55bn). The amazing thing about it is that 76% of their business now comes from products that are less than six years old. On the one hand it is an incredible testament to the leadership of Jobs, Cook and Ive [...]

In search of common standards for text input

Like many people these days and, I suspect just about everybody in the future, I now use a range of computing devices to do email, browse the web, and access the various web services I use. I’m typing this post on my laptop (still far and away the best device for blogging), I do [...]

Analysing the success of the iPhone 5

The launch of the iPhone5 has been a big success. First day sales are higher than for previous versions of the device and Apple’s share price is up, and forecast to go much higher. People are saying that Apple has ‘perfected the iPhone‘.

And, to be fair, it is a [...]