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.

#67: Manufacturing Flying Cars

December 14, 2012 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

On Samsung's use of Capital, Value Chain Evolution and Below the Surface. Why would you read the balance sheet of a tech company, the difference between R&D and capital spending, how to prevent suppliers becoming competitors and what are the economics of systems and application software in a device-centric model. Finally, why you shouldn't confuse obscurity with secrecy.

#66: An Area of Intense Interest

December 7, 2012 at 7:45PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

Horace and Moisés talk about stateside manufacturing, semi-annual product cycles and Tim Cook's area of intense interest. Also an update on Asymconf.

#65: The Shoe Seller's Dilemma

November 28, 2012 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

An update on Asymconf California, a discussion of engagement and why Android does not get enough of it, why Amazon likes giving away Fires and the causal hypothesis of Samsung's success in smartphones. That plus announcing a new 5by5 show: High Density.

#64: Mano a Mano

November 24, 2012 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

A dialogue with Benedict Evans, mobile analyst. Benedict has observed not only the technology and telecommunications industries as an equities analyst but also worked for an operator and a major media company. We take a look at mobile strategy and what the media industry will evolve into.

#63: In Orbit

November 15, 2012 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

Horace and Moisés talk about the consequences of Samsung's absorption of all Android profits, the limits of iPhone's addressable market, Apple bear markets and, like an object in orbit, how Apple seems to always be falling but never hits Earth. Finally, Horace introduces Asymconf California.

#62: The New Chess Game

November 7, 2012 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

In this episode Horace and Moisés discuss the iPad mini launch weekend (vis-a-vis older iPads and Windows 8), the curious case of choosy late adopters of smartphones in the US and the mystery of Apple's capex late in the year. Horace spins a yarn about how Apple is playing chess with Sharp and Foxconn (and others) vs. Samsung.

#61: Testing the App Supernova: An interview with Maxwell Wessel

November 5, 2012 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 1 minute

Horace interviews Maxwell Wessel, fellow at Clay Christensen's Forum for Growth and Innovation at Harvard Business School. We explore the notion of apps as a disruption for multiple industries, especially entertainment.

#60: Innovation Anxiety

October 25, 2012 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 32 minutes

Horace and Moisés discuss Apple's recent announcements, Horace's trip to Taiwan, and an Asymco special announcement. They also analyze claims that Apple has stopped innovating, and look ahead to where Apple's "puck" is going.

#59: Gut-level Affection, An interview with Jean-Louis Gassée

October 15, 2012 at 8:00PM • 56 minutes

Horace talks to Jean-Louis Gassée about the early years of personal computing from 1968 to 1991. Covering his early roles at HP, Exxon Office Systems and his years at Apple, the story takes us back to a time and place that seems so distant and yet so familiar.

#58: Going Commando

October 11, 2012 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Horace and his new regular co-host Moisés Chiullan (5by5's Screen Time) discuss composing presentations on an iPad while on the road and, at long last, the completion of the Critical Path book. They also examine Apple's honing technique in design, and how it contributes to forging products that are as uniquely experiential as the traditional samurai sword.

What job is there for the iPad mini to do? How do we stay focused on fundamentals when it comes to analyzing Apple's stock price? What will it take to get Horace to use App.Net again?