Xiaomi IPOs, Samsung’s Profit Slips, The Smiling Curve

Xiaomi’s IPO shows a company that has come full circle but still has a long ways to go. Then, Samsung remains reliant on components for profit, and both companies show that the Smiling Curve applies to smartphones more than ever.

Xiaomi’s Struggles, Samsung Hardware Rumors

Xiaomi is struggling to justify its valuation; in fact there have been signs for a long time that their valuation was unrealistic all along. Plus, Samsung returns to hardware differentiation.

Getting Amazon (Partly) Wrong, Xiaomi in India

Good morning, I had a terrible weekend. I’ll explain why — on to the update: Getting Amazon (Partly) Wrong Back up to Friday: I was pretty pumped about Amazon’s AWS numbers at first glance, but then, while writing last Friday’s update decided they weren’t so good after all. In the process I did mess up […]

Daily Update: Samsung’s Retreat, The Uncrossable Curve?, Gawker Writers Seek to Unionize

Good morning, Moore’s Law really is fifty years old: the original paper was in 1965, not 1975. Ugh! On to the update: Samsung’s Retreat While I have used the smiling curve to explain the dilemma facing publishers, as I noted at the time the very concept came from the world of Asian OEM’s — Acer […]

Daily Update: YU, Cyanogen, and Chasing India’s Enthusiasts; New Apple TV Box

Good morning, It’s rainy here, and apparently in California as well. It’s a miracle! Sounds like a great reason to curl up and read some tech analysis. On to the update: Chasing India’s Enthusiasts I always find it interesting which articles on Stratechery take off (hello BuzzFeed!), and which kind of slip under the radar […]

Daily Update: FiftyThree and the App Store, Three Notes on China

Good morning, Surprise! Today’s update is not late. It’s also not my weekly article, as planned – that should be coming tomorrow. In addition, I’ll be off for Chinese New Year on Thursday and Friday. On to the update: FiftyThree and the App Store FiftyThree, a startup based in New York, is particularly important to […]

Daily Update: Xiaomi and the U.S.; Slack, Momentum, and Microsoft; David Carr Passes Away

Good morning, As I noted last week, I will be off next Thursday and Friday for Chinese New Year. In addition, I’m still working on the spam issue, although I understand yesterday was better. I appreciate your patience. On to the update: Xiaomi and the U.S. The Wall Street Journal captured the news with their […]

The End of Trickle-Down Technology

Reaching developing markets depends on understanding that consumers with a small budget are very different from consumers who aren’t interested in spending much