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.



#80: Functional Structure

April 16, 2013 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

A report on Ùll with recollections from Don Metlon and Michael B. Johnson (Dr. Wave): what is a functional organization and why is that a thing of beauty? What do Pixar and Apple have in common? What is Horace's favorite Pixar movie? Also a new mini-installment on "Asymcar", what's wrong with cars?


#79: Make It Rain

April 7, 2013 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

This week we cover a bit of Facebook Home, a bit of YouTuber economics, the best analogy ever heard for Google's business model, and we kick off Auto industry analysis with the "Five Whys"-the paradoxical questions that nobody seems to be asking about cars.


#78: Facebook Inside

April 1, 2013 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

Youtubers, BlackBerries and what Facebook is planning with their "Home on Android". Horace and Moisés discuss how co-branding, strategy, and secret deals intertwine, with illustrations from Intel, Sony-Ericsson, and Acura


#77: Making Sausages

March 24, 2013 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

The more we deconstruct and take apart iTunes, the more we come to respect how it cannot exist independent of the system it's a part of. Its scope and scale and its history and future all indicate that there is more to it than just a store and that it might be a platform in its own right. We get into some more details about all these details and talk about where it came from and where we think it will end up.


#76: Google vs. Android

March 18, 2013 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Beginning with the data on activations, we traverse the strategic implications of a shift in Android governance and management. Along the way we also cover Samsung's marketing strategy, budget, and the Galaxy S4 launch.


#75: Bigger Than US Steel

March 4, 2013 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

New data allows us to estimate the components of iTunes with more precision. The entire business is now transacting over $17 billion a year. We take a look at how this insight can be gained and what it means for the future of commercial media.


#74: Pixelated

February 25, 2013 at 10:45AM • 1 hour 24 minutes

On the disruption of console video games and the signals sent by Google with their very own Chromebook.


#73: The Best Single Invention of Life

February 18, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

A review of the Apple Store international roll-out process; a preview of an analysis of Apple's innovation culture as described by Tim Cook; a reflection on the sustainability of growth: personal, institutional and societal.


#72: Bingewatch

February 6, 2013 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 27 minutes

We take on the future of TV again, given the developments and experiments hitting the news. Hanging in the air like a big matzah ball is the question of a catalyst to bring long form video to the age of software. Not just digital production and distribution but an integration of software into the product itself. We get there via a quick recap of Asymconf California.


#71: Max Headroom

January 17, 2013 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

On assessing demand from "supplier checks"; measuring headroom and the race to a billion users; the disruption of computing becoming accepted by PC industry.