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.



#93: The Innovator's Curse

August 14, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Markets are expected to do one thing and one thing only: determine price. What happens when they fail? The tragedy and comedy of corporate raiders. Also more on Airshow New York.


#92: Microsoft's Critical Path

July 15, 2013 at 11:00AM • 41 minutes

Horace talks about Microsoft's reorganization from Divisional to Functional, and the implications on their Windows and Mobile OS roadmaps. In doing so, he and Moisés touch briefly on the subject of last episode, Scott Forstall's ouster from Apple.


#91: Apple's Douglas MacArthur

July 2, 2013 at 10:45AM • 1 hour 1 minute

Horace expands on last episode's discussion of organizational structure, as well as his recent appearance on Screen Time with Guy English. We begin speculation on the job iWatch would be hired to do, and preview the relaunch of High Density.


#90: The Praetorian Guard

June 27, 2013 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Horace investigates asymmetric organization structure, and how Apple's functional vision of careers and jobs differ from most tech companies.


#89: Not Bad for a Hobby

June 20, 2013 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Horace reflects on his analysis of iTunes purchase data, details the just-announced AirShow in Chicago, and touches on fascinating "heat maps" of mobile platform use. We close our week of three shows by talking about "deep focus" and Citizen Kane.


#88: Siri in the Driver's Seat

June 18, 2013 at 12:30PM • 52 minutes

In the second part of our WWDC wrapup, we delve into the large-scale shift represented by iOS 7. Siri guides us on the journey from navigation to consumption in our latest AsymCar segment, and Horace examines what iWork for iCloud means.


#87: De Gustibus

June 18, 2013 at 12:15PM • 55 minutes

In the first part of a post-WWDC "doubleheader", we look back at AirShow and begin our dive into the keynote, with regard to Apple's hardcore product (Mac Pro), Mavericks, iTunes Radio, and examining discovery versus playback.


#86: Staying Foolish

May 27, 2013 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Questions for Tim Cook; a brief look at the grammar of the organization; Xbox One vs. the Spruce Goose and how to avoid knowing too much.


#85: Achilles' Heel

May 22, 2013 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

An update on Airshow, the state of Apple retail, and beginning dialogue on the open question of what is Google's greatest weakness


#84: Blessed Are the Apps

May 13, 2013 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 14 minutes

A new theory of device-enabled presentations; the iTunes ARPU (average revenue per user) and its putative erosion; a definition of smart devices, the cycles of computing as a continuum.