What Market Share Matters?

Both Lessien and John Gruber take on the topic of market share and I think they miss some of the nuances.   Lessien applies the basic business school approach:  Large market share attracted developers who built software exclusively for the dominant platform. That software, in turn, created further lock-in as users grew accustomed to the…

State of the Union Analysis

This year's State of the Union was about 400 words shorter than last year's State of the Union address. Likely due the changes in Congress, this year's address also had nearly 30 fewer applauses (77 compared to 106 in 2010) and about a third of the laughter (4 compared to 12 in 2010). The word clouds below illustrate some of the…

2011 CES Tablets

In October I said I expected 80+ tablet launches at 2011 CES.  AS CES approached it was clear 2011 was going to be the year of the tablet and a few days before the show I said that my 80+ estimate was looking conservative.  I updated my expectations and said I wouldn't be…

Where Check-in Services Fail

Check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla have grown significantly in the last year. In March 2010, Foursquare hit 500K users and in the last few weeks they had surpassed 5M users.       Building off this momentum, other services have entered the check-in fray like WeReward (pays you to check into places), GetGlue (Entertainment), Miso…