“An atom-blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways.” Salvor Hardin, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Blitzscaling is a powerful tool, but even a successful blitzscaler cannot necessarily use it to overcome the power of winner-take-most market dynamics. This week, Microsoft announced that it was shutting down its Twitch rival, Mixer. Microsoft had acquired … Continue reading Even Successful Blitzscalers Can’t Overcome Winner-take-most Market Dynamics
My friend Peter Sims recently wrote about how he disagrees with Peter Thiel’s “Competition is for Losers” editorial. Thiel argues that monopolies are good for society, and Peter respectfully disagrees. My own take is fairly nuanced–monopolies are a sign of a healthy market, because they tend to result from innovation in “winner-take-most” markets, but they … Continue reading Monopolies Are A Consequence, Not A Benefit
A lot of folks believe that the Microsoft empire is doomed, and that the rise of touchscreen computing and mobile devices will lead it its inevitable downfall. This may very well be true; it certainly is true that to date, Microsoft’s attempts to enter the touch and mobile markets have been poorly received. Yet much … Continue reading Is Microsoft doomed? I’ll let you know when Windows 10 comes out.
There are Microsoft people and Apple people. Microsoft people want every option, and can’t imagine why others would find the surfeit of choices intimidating or annoying. In the parlance of psychology, they are “optimizers“. Apple people want a simple, elegant experience, and care little about individual features. They adapt to the limitations presented to them, … Continue reading Microsoft People vs. Apple People