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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I like open systems. Always have, and probably always will. It’s partly because open-ness begets more innovation, partly because open systems are easier for startups, and partly because I don’t like the way companies that dominate closed systems bully the other participants. The last two points are illustrated well by Apple’s recent ejection of [...]
As you’ve probably seen Amazon announced a slew of new devices yesterday, no smartphone, but their four new Kindles have been well received in the blogoshpere, particularly the Kindle Paperwhite and the new Kindle HD, both of which have got me excited.
Perhaps most interesting though is that once again Amazon is playing the [...]
Ask an entrepreneur whether it is good to have ‘focus’ and there is a very high chance that they will say ‘yes’, yet in my experience few actually achieve focus in their startups. I think that’s partly because there are always lots of pressures to do more and new things (often from investors and [...]
When I bought my Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone before Christmas my biggest worry was that it was much bigger than my iPhone and it wouldn’t fit comfortably in my pocket. That hasn’t turned out to be a problem and the larger screen size has turned out to be the main reason why I love [...]
Google is currently rolling out a new feature called ‘Knowledge Graph’ which will enhance our search experience by intelligently guessing what information we are looking for and putting it at the top of the results page. In other words they will be serving information not links. The picture above was released by Google [...]