The Real Reason Facebook Had to Spend $19B

A lot has been written about the big $19B acquisition of Whatsapp by Facebook. My intent is not to write specifically about the acquisition and its merits, or critique it, or debate if the price was too high or too low. Instead, I wanted to share some thoughts about why Facebook finds itself in this … Continue reading The Real Reason Facebook Had to Spend $19B

The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 1: Understand Value

This post is the first of a five part series. October 5 marked the anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing. Many people remembered him as a visionary and the uncompromising leader who scripted one the greatest turnaround acts in corporate history. And many remembered his keynotes and the mesmerizing spell cast on people, called the reality … Continue reading The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 1: Understand Value

What If You Are Not Like Steve Jobs?

Some days back I started reading Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" all over again. Chapter fifteen, titled "The Launch" is about the launch of the first Macintosh in 1984, and ends with the following sentences: ...neither Raskin nor Wozniak nor Sculley nor anyone else at the company could have pulled off the creation of the Macintosh. … Continue reading What If You Are Not Like Steve Jobs?

Back to the Future – Mac vs PC

A friend shared a very interesting article comparing the Mac and the PC, how the PC advantage got built, and yet how resurgence of the Mac has dismantled that advantage. I don't remember coming across this type of an analysis before. The article does not go into what factors contributed to these shifts. So I … Continue reading Back to the Future – Mac vs PC

What Next After the Post-PC Era?

Post-PC era -- It seems this phrase has been overused already, but one can be certain that we are going to keep hearing it for some time to come. Finally I managed to watch Apple's keynote of the launch of the new iPad that took place in March. Tim Cook talked about how Apple has … Continue reading What Next After the Post-PC Era?

iPad-mini – If Apple Builds It, They Will Come

The anticipation for the iPad 3 has been in overdrive for some days now, typical for any Apple product launch. However, it seems that this reaches a crescendo when we are looking at the launch of a product version that has already delivered it's share of shock and awe before. What else? What if? Will … Continue reading iPad-mini – If Apple Builds It, They Will Come

Google vs Facebook

Google's impending revision of its privacy policy and the promise of an integrated and smooth Google experience got me thinking about this topic. This sounds very much like the suite approach that we have seen in the enterprise software market. Traditionally, best of breed vs suite has been a decision that Enterprise IT managers have … Continue reading Google vs Facebook