Posts Categorized: Tech

Killer app?

Much is being about the problems with the new maps issue on iOS 6. The best piece I’ve seen so far is this one on The Verge. The key angle to this story, the one that might resonant with customers, is this: “Apple’s decision to swap out Google Maps is a rare example of the… Read more »

How soon until Apple sues Lenovo?

Lenovo just leapt past Apple to become the #2 smartphone seller in China, after Samsung. Guess what? Lenovo’s phone, the K800, looks exactly like the iPhone. Meaning: rectangular, with a glass screen, and a phone icon that looks like a phone and a mail icon that looks like an envelope. This must not stand! Especially… Read more »

Flashback: John Doerr says Zynga is “our best company ever”

Ah, remember the good old days, by which I mean November 2010, less than two years ago, when there was no bubble and all those crazy valuations in the secondary market made perfect sense because, as John Doerr pointed out here, Zynga was “the most profitable, the fastest growing and has the happiest customers” of… Read more »

The changing (not for the better) values of Silicon Valley

Venture capitalist and longtime Valley guy Bill Davidow pens a thoughtful piece in the Atlantic about how values have declined in tech since the days of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. In a nutshell: In the old days the emphasis was on helping customers; today it’s on exploiting them. Google, Facebook and Zynga get zinged…. Read more »