The Golden State Warriors are kinda sorta disrupting basketball, and making plenty of enemies in the process, which segues to a follow-up on Peter Thiel and Gawker. Then, Intel and ARM have dueling releases that show just how different they are.
Exponent Podcast: Multiple Full Circles
On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we revisit last week’s discussion on Facebook, then discuss the Peter Thiel versus Gawker affair, and the implications for tech broadly. Then, how culture helps and hurts at Facebook, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Listen to it here.
Peter Thiel, Comic Book Hero
What Gawker did to Peter Thiel is inexcusable, but Thiel’s response is threatening to the industry that made him rich in the first place.
Apple and the Long Run, How Satya Nadella Killed Windows Phone
My recent pieces about Apple actually don’t have anything to do with Google I/O or WWDC; they are about structural challenges going forward. Then, Windows Phone is well and truly dead, and how Satya Nadella killed it shows how structural changes can be effective.
The Curse of Culture
It is very fair to say that Apple is threatened by the potential rise of AI. Google, though, is also threatened by its inability to own customers’ attention. The solution for both companies may entail changing their culture, a very tall order indeed.
Google I/O Overview, Announcements; TensorFlow Processing Units
A deep dive into Google I/O: why the overall keynote was a good sign for Google, and then a review of specific announcements.
Exponent Podcast: Twerk the Algorithm
On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss The Real Problem with Facebook and the News. Listen to it here.
Google’s Go-to-Market Gap
Google is unique in that their business was built on being the best. The company, though, benefited from the open web. That is not the case in mobile.
Trouble at Lending Club, Lending Club and Aggregation Theory, What Went Wrong
FinTech seems like the perfect application of Aggregation Theory, but over this past week it has blown up in the face of serious issues at Lending Club. The mistakes that were made in do to a degree validate why I haven’t covered the space to date.
Amazon Private Label, Facebook Audience Network Adds Video Ads
The idea of private labels aren’t new, but Amazon is uniquely positioned to profit from them. Then, the Facebook Audience Network is getting some deserved attention