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.



#199: Transport

March 16, 2017 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss two wheeled vehicles, commute times and tunnel boring!


#198: The Most Valuable Business

March 3, 2017 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss Apple amongst the new top five tech companies and take listener questions.


#197: Death of an Algorithm

February 23, 2017 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Horace and Anders discuss Bond movies, cars, commute habits, streaming services and take listener questions through the hashtag #CriticalQuestion on Twitter.


#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.