Steve Jobs at Macworld Boston in 1997

The keynote for Macworld Boston, August 6, 1997, was pretty bizarre by today’s standards. The first speaker was Colin Crawford, President and CEO of Mac Publications for IDG, who put on the conference. He proceeded to recount all of the dire headlines surrounding Apple. This made an appearance: It wasn’t pretty. Jobs was next. Gil […]

Additional Notes on Casual Games

This series of posts is about enabling sustainable businesses on the App Store. In Part 1, I discuss why Paper and other productivity apps may not be doing as well as you might think. Part 2 explores why casual games, in contrast, are a sustainable business, but not a differentiator for platforms (I added a […]

Casual gaming is a sustainable business, but not a platform differentiator

This series of posts is about enabling sustainable businesses on the App Store. In Part 1, I discuss why Paper and other productivity apps may not be doing as well as you might think. Part 2 explores why casual games, in contrast, are a sustainable business, but not a differentiator for platforms (I added a […]

Papering Over App Store Problems

This series of posts is about enabling sustainable businesses on the App Store. In Part 1, I discuss why Paper and other productivity apps may not be doing as well as you might think. Part 2 explores why casual games, in contrast, are a sustainable business, but not a differentiator for platforms (I added a […]

More content for Apple TV

AllThingsD: Apple’s TV hobby just got a bit bigger: Apple has added five new content providers to its sort-of set-top box, notably Time Warner’s HBO Go and Disney’s WatchESPN. Also available as of today: Satellite TV service Sky News, anime subscription service Crunchyroll, and concert subscription service Qello. Apple TV owners who have access to […]

Strategy Credit

I’d like to propose a new term in the business strategy lexicon: a strategy credit (if something similar exists, let me know!). It’s basically the opposite of a strategy tax. As I wrote a few weeks ago: A strategy tax is anything that makes a product less likely to succeed, yet is included to further […]

When Apple Moves Fast

In October 1999, Steve Jobs announced that the future of the Mac was video. In January 2001, Jobs laid out a new strategy: the Mac would be a digital hub, and their first focus would be music. In 15 months, the entire strategy shifted, and the company along with it. “I felt like a dope,” […]