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.



#100: Fin du siècle

November 8, 2013 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

The closing of one and the onset of another era. In this hundredth episode of The Critical Path we look back to some of the big questions we asked and ask them again with hindsight and foresight. They are: 1. What happens to entertainment in the era of pervasive connectivity and computing? 2. What happens to privacy when citizenship requires divulging all your secrets to commercial entities? 3. What happens to the structure of computing when diffusions of innovations are instantly global?


#99: Grand Unified Theory

October 25, 2013 at 1:00PM • 46 minutes

In the wake of Apple's final announcement event of the year, Horace and Moisés discuss the cost of free software, the unification of file formats, and the cost/benefit of interoperability.


#98: Kicking and Streaming

October 16, 2013 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Horace and Moisés look beyond Apple's rumored "watch" project to contemplate the real reasoning behind recent executive acquisitions from the world of high fashion (and what it signals). Is Apple now driving "lifestyle" more forcefully than ever? We examine redefinition, from public face to product, and Mac Pro to (possibly) iPod nano.


#97: Squealing in Delight

September 28, 2013 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Horace discusses AirShow NYC and his appearance on Bloomberg Surveillance, alongside blockbuster opening weekend sales of 9 million iPhone 5s/c units. We look ahead to what else Apple may have in store through sustaining and disruptive innovation.


#96: P is for Personal

September 13, 2013 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

Relative to Apple's iPhone 5c/s introduction, we extrapolate the implications of their "most forward-looking phone" by examining product against price point, feature set, and the mysterious possibilities within iPhone that Apple has yet to unlock.


#95: Catharsis or Anticlimax?

September 6, 2013 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

A special episode in three parts: 1) Too many variables: The mechanics of the Microsoft Nokia deal 2) Climbing Everest without oxygen: The implications for Microsoft and 3) Post-abyss: The implications for Nokia.


#94: The Limits of Executive Power

September 1, 2013 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 14 minutes

We begin with a defense of Ballmer for preserving great things, continue by condemning him for not having destroyed those very same things and end by asking whether anyone could have done the right thing.


#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.