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.



#13: The Innovation Anomalies

November 16, 2011 at 10:00AM • 56 minutes

Dan and Horace talk about innovations in emerging countries related to mobile service and how that might foreshadow changes in the developed world. We also discuss why some industries seem to be exempt from disruptive innovation and suggest that there are boundaries societies set to value re-definition.


#12: Back to the Future

November 2, 2011 at 4:00PM • 57 minutes

Dan and Horace talk about the tension between relying on data and using intuition to make strategy decisions. We also apply this dual approach to think through the next evolution of user interaction and the jobs we might hire mobile computers to do for us.


#11: The Thermonuclear Option

October 26, 2011 at 11:00AM • 58 minutes

Dan and Horace talk about patents and litigation as a means of defending innovation. We go way back to the beginning of the last century and talk how patent wars have played out in the past and how they affected the fortunes and fates of innovators.


#10: The Means of Production

October 19, 2011 at 11:00AM • 56 minutes

Dan and Horace talk about Apple's quarter with an eye toward the operational commitments being made. We cover the cost of store openings, data center purchases and machinery used in manufacturing iOS devices. By tracking capital expenses we can get a clue about where Apple wants to go.


#9: Getting To Know You

October 5, 2011 at 10:00AM • 59 minutes

Dan and Horace talk about some of the more profound implications of "intelligent assistance" in personal devices both in terms of business models and in terms of industry dynamics. Getting assistance is an implied bargain we all make as internet citizens but what do we pay for that assistance?


#8: In Memory of Robert Boyle

September 28, 2011 at 1:00PM • 47 minutes

Horace and Dan talk about why CEOs are paid so much and what analysis has come to mean in equities research and the value of cross-pollination between the camps that form around technology companies.


#7: Genericized Trademarks

September 21, 2011 at 11:00AM • 58 minutes

Horace and Dan look at brand theory and decide it should not be left to the experts. Also, we ask what jobs products are hired to do and tie that to the meaning imparted in the brand and visual imagery associated with it.


#6: Black Boxes

September 14, 2011 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 2 minutes

Horace and Dan tackle corporate valuation and hypothesize whether amateur bloggers know more about Apple than professional analysts. We also look at the ancient economic history of Windows and how that still shapes it today.


#5: HP's Innovation Antibodies

August 23, 2011 at 4:30PM • 57 minutes

Horace and Ryan discuss HP's departure from the PC business, the end of the TouchPad, buying your way into innovation and what it takes to compete and survive in the Post PC era.


#4: Acquisitions

August 16, 2011 at 8:15PM • 52 minutes

Sitting in for Dan while he is on paternity leave, Ryan Irelan speaks with Horace Dediu about Google's planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility and the potential ramifications for competitors.