The Critical Path

The Critical Path

The Critical Path is a talk show contemplating the causality of success and failure in the evolving story of mobile computing and related industries. Using Apple as a lens to look at existing and emerging tech markets, we try to understand what it means to be great.

Hosted by Anders Brownworth and Horace Dediu.



#196: Antifragile

February 3, 2017 at 6:00AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss Apple's fiscal 2017 first quarter results and take listener questions from Twitter.


#195: Anthropological Constant

January 25, 2017 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss the AirPods, commute time, the future of the automotive industry and answer questions posted to #CriticalQuestion on Twitter.


#194: Is HomeKit a Refrigerator or Washing Machine

December 29, 2016 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss Apple Music subs, exiting the router and display business and take listener questions on everything from George Orwell to HomeKit.


#193: Startup Strategy

November 20, 2016 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

Horace provides an outline for the research he's been doing over the past 2 years covering a strategy theory for startups and established businesses.


#192: Brands Revisited

November 17, 2016 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss PanAm, Apple's return of cash to the US, Samsung and other listener questions.


#191: Bitch’n ain’t Switch’n

November 5, 2016 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss Apple's Mac business and how the PC is being used less and less but will stay around in large numbers for a very long time. They also take listener questions from Twitter using the hash tag #CriticalQuestion.


#190: Niche Time

October 20, 2016 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss the car industry, hiring products for smaller and smaller slices of time and take listener questions.


#189: The Job the iPhone is Hired to Do

October 16, 2016 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss the job of the iPhone and take listener questions.


#188: The New Basis of Competition

October 1, 2016 at 12:00AM • 1 hour 44 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss how the iPhone 7 and Airpods evolve the Apple ecosystem. Then they take listener questions via the Twitter hashtag #CriticalQuestion and inevitably finish by covering the car market in some detail!


#187: Poetry and Perseverance

September 18, 2016 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 32 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss Apple's event, the iPhone 7, the AirPods and touch on the iPhone economy. Horace takes questions from listeners on Twitter using the hash tag #CriticalQuestion.