The 2013 Stratechery Year In Review

Stratechery launched on March 25, 2013 with the post Welcome to Stratechery. While I had somewhat prepopulated the blog with old content (including a piece on the original iPad and a research paper on Apple and the Innovator’s Dilemma), the vast majority of my 203 posts and linked-list items came after that date. Here’s a quick summary of the highlights:

From "Welcome to Stratechy"
From “Welcome to Stratechy”

The Five Most-Viewed Articles:

  1. If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple – Most view Steve Ballmer’s tenure at Microsoft as a mixed bag: increased revenue and profits, but multiple missed opportunities. I argue these results are intertwined.
  2. The Deal That Makes No Sense – Because this blog is a hobby, I rarely have the time to jump on a story as it breaks. This, written about Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, was an exception.
  3. Jony Ive is Not a Graphic Designer – A short piece with an extended Jony quote and my predictions for the as-yet-unannounced iOS 7.
  4. Why Microsoft’s Reorganization Is a Bad Idea – Microsoft reorganized itself from a product-based company to a functionally-organized one. While the move makes sense in theory, I don’t think it fits at all with the reality of today’s Microsoft.
  5. Whither Liberal Arts – I was tremendously disappointed in the story Apple told – or, more accurately, failed to tell – about the iPad in its fall event. (The conclusions here are in marked contrast to the 6th most popular post, Tim Cook is a Great CEO).
From "Why Microsoft's Reorganization is a Bad Idea"
From “Why Microsoft’s Reorganization is a Bad Idea”

Five Big Ideas

From "The Social/Communications Map"
From “The Social/Communications Map”

Five More Favorites

  • Apple the Black Swan – Wall Street doesn’t understand Apple, because it bases its business on qualities that can’t be measured.
  • The Intel Opportunity – Intel has a new CEO, who is facing a similar situation to that faced by Andy Grove when he becamse CEO in the 1980s.
  • Friction – The Internet is removing friction from everything it touches, but that’s not always a good thing.
  • The Magical iPad – The iPad is a truly unique device, able to transform into whatever you wish it to be.
  • Christmas Gifts and the Meaning of Design – Christmas gifts are a great analogy for understanding the difference between traditional market research and design thinking.
From "Christmas Gifts and the Meaning of Design"
From “Christmas Gifts and the Meaning of Design”

Happy New Year. I’m looking forward to a great 2014.