Kindle v. iPad: Value Positions, and Why Selling Hardware on Specs Alone is Dead

        On Monday Amazon premiered a new Kindle commercial during Good Morning America. The ad (above) portrays two individuals trying to read poolside - one on an iPad and one on the new Kindle.  The essence of the commercial touts the relative readability of Kindle’s e-ink display in direct sunlight.     Commentary (for example: here and…

The Potential of Ping

Yesterday Apple introduced Ping in iTunes 10.  As Jobs described it, Ping is “a social network for music. It's like Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes. It's all about music."  As Jobs explained, “Ping is for social music discovery. You can follow people and you can be followed. Most artists will hold their hand up and…

Long-run implications of the Death of Kin: Why Blockbusters must be Blockbusters Quicker

Much has been written about the “death” of Microsoft’s Kin (see: here, here, and here). The focus of these analyses has centered on what might have gone wrong. I'd like to focus on something slightly different. In the death of the Kin phone I think we see something that has greater implications for technology innovation.…

Why Only "Two Opinions..."

I'm often asked why I only have "two opinions."  In fact, for those who know me well, they will be quick to point out that I have dozens of opinions on a myriad of topics. President Truman was credited with asking for a one-armed economist, an economist with only one opinion.  "I'm always looking for a one-armed…