5 Critical Checkpoints on the Product Roadmap

On any road, there are the usual sign markers showing useful information, locations for services, and sometimes, checkpoints set up by law enforcement authorities. These checkpoints are intended to ensure compliance, e.g., sobriety, seat belts, or in other situations to reroute traffic due to hazardous conditions ahead, e.g., rock slides, excessive flooding and snow, and … Continue reading 5 Critical Checkpoints on the Product Roadmap

Move the Needle in 2015

It's that time of the year when most companies with fiscal year starting January 1st are engaged in or done with their 2015 planning - bookings forecasts, budgets for investments and personnel, at the company level and broken down by business units and major product lines. It starts with defining what success means and translating that into specific … Continue reading Move the Needle in 2015

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

What Microsoft’s New CEO Should Do

Here is a draft speech that Microsoft's new CEO could give to the company: I want to talk to you today about how to get Microsoft to be a great company again. Microsoft is not as relevant as it used to be, but in some incredibly important market segments it's extraordinarily relevant. Microsoft is executing … Continue reading What Microsoft’s New CEO Should Do

Anti-Corruption Movement Strategies

I was watching the live telecast of Baba Ramdev's anti-corruption rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. I was struck by the different strategies adopted by Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare in their respective campaigns against the demon of corruption. I am going to look at the two campaigns from the lens of the principles … Continue reading Anti-Corruption Movement Strategies

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?