Sonos’ IPO, The De-Integration of Sonos, Spotify’s Earnings

Sonos will begin trading today, but it faces a tough road without meaningful integration. Spotify faces a difficult road too: it is interesting to think about what they would look like together (even though it won’t happen).

Android-EU Follow-Up, Google’s Earnings, Facebook and the Stock Market

Follow-up on Google’s EU decision, and a reminder that Google really good for consumers. Then, Google’s strong quarterly results, and why the understanding Facebook’s strategic advantages may be divorces from their stock price.

The European Commission Versus Android

Examining the history of Android explains why the European Commission may be right to fine Google for its actions around Android, even as the reasoning feels off.

The Cost of Developers

Microsoft paid a lot for GitHub, because it had to pay directly for access to developers. It doesn’t have the leverage of users the way that Apple does on the App Store.

Sports Gambling Defederalized, Amazon Channels

Sports gambling is defederalized, and the opportunity is likely larger than people think: then, Amazon Channels is another manifestation of the company’s “first customer” strategy.

The Moat Map

The Moat Map describes the correlation between the degree of supplier differentiation and the externalization (or internalization) of a company’s network effect.

Tech’s Two Philosophies

Google and Facebook represent one philosophy, and Microsoft and Apple represent another; tech needs both, but ultimately platforms are more important than aggregators.