Anticipating Surprise from Apple

Yours truly, on Medium: In general, Apple’s past behavior is an excellent indicator of its future behavior, which makes many aspects of its events quite predictable. But Apple’s famous secrecy has one main purpose: to create a sense of wonder and surprise during announcements. Keeping future products secret enables announcements to feel like “major leaps […]

My concerns about Apple’s potential advertising business

My second post on Medium: 99.98% of Apple revenue can be attributed directly to the end user experience I’m not convinced the potential increase in developer support is worth even the smallest risk of compromising the end user experience that drives their core business. And the risk doesn’t seem all that small. Ads never enhance […]

Animation manipulation

There are too many animations shown in the new iPad commercials. Too many because they leave no room for demonstrations of direct manipulation of on-screen objects. The obviousness and clarity of interfacing with technology through direct object manipulation with your fingers has always been the iPad’s primary differentiator among personal computers. And the smoothness of those interactions […]

“Make no mistake about it. Our nation is under attack.”

David E. Sanger, David Barboza and Nicole Perlroth, reporting for The New York Times: An unusually detailed 60-page study, to be released Tuesday by Mandiant, an American computer security firm, tracks for the first time individual members of the most sophisticated of the Chinese hacking groups — known to many of its victims in the […]

“You lend entirely on the basis of character”

From Adam Lashinsky’s excellent interview with the founding partners of a16h: Ben Horowitz, on venture capital: It’s not an asset class. It’s not an industry. It’s the very small number of firms that the best entrepreneurs in the world are willing to take money from. And Marc Andreesen: The classic quote was JP Morgan himself […]

The way that we’re going to ratchet up our species

Steve Jobs, 1995: “The way that we’re going to ratchet up our species is to take the best and to spread it around to everybody, so that everybody grows up with better things.” UPDATE: Pretty much the opposite of Sam Walton’s ideology for another one of the largest companies ever: “If we work together, we’ll […]

“Then of course they can go off and make it happen.”

Steve Jobs, 1995: You know, one of the things that really hurt Apple was after I left John Sculley got a very serious disease. It’s the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work. And if you just tell all these other people “here’s this great idea,” then of course […]