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 Horace Dediu, Anders Brownworth, and Judd Rubin.



#221: Critical Disbelief

March 17, 2019 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

With an eye on the March 25th Apple Event, Horace contemplates what may be coming, shares his thoughts on Facebook announcing a pivot to privacy, gives an update on the Micromobility Kickstarter project and says too much about his salad's secret ingredients.


#220: Ex Machina: The Railroad, Part 1

February 25, 2019 at 8:30AM • 47 minutes

The conversation begins with Horace and Judd discussing Wolfgang Schivelbusch's The Railway Journey, then expands to include sea faring, the trouble with boilers and one of Horace's historical fantasies.


#219: Oceans

February 11, 2019 at 12:00AM • 1 hour 29 minutes

Horace handles a few of the curve balls included in the latest AAPL earnings report, answers some #CriticalQuestions and dips a toe into the ocean of possibilities regarding Apple's ventures into Health Care.


#218: A Billion

February 3, 2019 at 10:00PM • 50 minutes

Using the recent earnings call as a jumping off point, Horace considers the size and shape of the premium content train that will soon be making its way down Apple's Services track.


#217: Gandhi Edition

January 20, 2019 at 12:00PM • 54 minutes

Horace wonders whether or not Ghandi and Mao would use the same iPhone, shares what he'd like to hear in the upcoming AAPL earnings call and, finally, reveals which Ikea serves the best meatballs in the entire world.


#216: Tim's Letter

January 8, 2019 at 12:00AM • 1 hour 11 minutes

Tim’s Letter, some #CriticalQuestions and the problem with trying to account for the unaccountable.


#215: Fly Me to The Moon

January 3, 2019 at 3:00AM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Horace shares his thoughts about how Apple may contribute to the transportation and health care sectors in the years to come, and catches up on some 1990s television in 2019's first episode of The Critical Path.


#214: Anders Lives!

December 9, 2018 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

An old friend returns to The Critical Path to discuss Crypto, Trust and Horace's heart.


#213: iPads, Cheaters and Lamp Posts

December 2, 2018 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

The new iPad Pro and some #CriticalQuestions inspire a conversation about cheaters and what insights lamp posts can and cannot provide. Later on, Horace shares some exciting news about Micromobility California.


#212: Ex Machina: The Telescope, The Reformation and The Historian's Dilemma

November 25, 2018 at 11:00PM • 52 minutes

Henri Dediu joins Horace and Judd to discuss lenses, rebels and weighing the what vs. the why when looking to the past.