On Apple’s Vertical Silicon Strategy

An alternative title for this piece could be ‘Why Vertically Converged Mobile Platforms Have Won Over Modular’. Over the weekend Ben Thompson wrote an eloquent essay relating the iPhone’s success to disruption theory in mobile / consumer markets. Mobile has always been evolving differently, and 3.5 years ago I wrote a post called The Genius […]

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On the Apple M7 Motion Processor

When Apple announced the iPhone 5s last week the biggest mystery was the M7 motion processor—it may have been the only unknown, as other key internals like the fingerprint sensor and possibility of a 64-bit A7 had leaked. This is interesting, showcasing that the component layer is Apple’s last stronghold of total secrecy. The M7 […]

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On Apple’s A7 Processor

There was a rumor today that the iPhone 5S will be powered by an A7 processor which is dual core, 64-bit and 31% faster than the subsystem in the current iPhone 5. While people speculate on the innards of the chip, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at how Apple approaches […]

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Startup Myths

There are tons of startup myths out there.  To some extent, startups have a mystique that you don’t really understand until you work inside one. And though, as an industry, tech is so forward-thinking and social, unfortunately its echo chamber often drowns out what’s really important. Many key startup learnings simply aren’t shared. This is […]

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1980: Steve Jobs on Hardware Software Convergence

This video interview is a gem, a very rare find that was donated to the Computer History Museum and posted online in recent years. The full presentation is 24 minutes and well worth watching—YouTube link here. It’s classic Steve Jobs, him talking in hyperbole and attracting laughs and ahh’s from the audience. But it’s a […]

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On The Future of iOS and Android

We’ve entered the age of iOS and Android penetrating beyond mobile, and there’s a lot happening with respect to how the entire ecosystem is developing. Mobile advancements / investments are now driving the progression of all converged hardware / software. Hardware innovation is also accelerating because of this tailwind. Here are some thoughts on what’s […]

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Hacking Startup Growth with Brands

Here is a three step how-to with deeper explanations on how startups should think about working with brands. It will be different depending on whether you are social, e-commerce, etc.  I think the framework applies broadly to many startup business models, mobile apps or web.  The tl;dr summary: Understand the relationship between the brand you […]

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The Wave not Ridden and Living Fearless

You will experience moments of debilitating fear in startups and in life. Fear that hits unexpectedly and with varying intensity. A competitor launches, a deal falls through, or you know what? it’s just been fucking cloudy for the last week, and you don’t feel right. Whatever it is. It will happen. In tech startups when […]

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Founder / Employee Fit

The term “product / market fit” has quickly entrenched in to the lexicon of web startups as a litmus test for having achieved a repeatable, scalable business pattern. This term is so useful, and so ingrained in startup culture today that derivative “fit”  phrases have cropped up—e.g. David Lee looks for “founder / market fit” […]

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Consumer Web is Binary

Below I’ve listed the #1 and #2 companies in a sampling of consumer web markets. Facebook No #2 – Myspace effectively died. Google+ has been laughable. Tumblr No #2 – Posterous acquired & shut down (can count WordPress though blogging / microblogging had different origins and compete indirectly). Snapchat No #2 – FB Poke failed Google […]

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