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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Opendoor's business model of buying and flipping homes is risky, but the startup's streamlining of the home-selling process has great disruptive potential   —  I suppose I appreciate the efficiency with which Techcrunch expressed its skepticism for tech's latest unicorn, Opendoor …
Dec 11, 2016, 11:20 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Instagram Stories is copying done right: cloning the result of years of iteration, while leveraging Instagram's 500M users   —  One of the more eye-rolling sentiments in tech — thankfully fading — is that every rectangular device with a touchscreen is a rip-off of the iPhone.  Well duh!
Aug 3, 2016, 5:35 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How Apple's unitary organizational structure creates great products but subpar services   —  Apple's Organizational Crossroads  —  Apple is unique, and I mean that objectively.  —  Forget about products for a moment, about which reasonable people can disagree.
Apr 20, 2016, 1:55 AMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How the FBI is essentially asking Apple for a master key for iPhones, and why the PR optics are bad for Apple in shooter case   —  [FREE] Apple Versus the FBI, Understanding iPhone Encryption, The Risks for Apple and Encryption  —  Today's update is a bit tardy for good reason …
Feb 17, 2016, 5:55 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How Facebook and Google dominate digital advertising, and why other tech companies struggle   —  The Reality of Missing Out  —  When it comes to ad-supported services, pundits everywhere are fond of the adage “If you're not the customer you're the product”.
Feb 15, 2016, 6:25 AMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How Facebook beat Twitter with its algorithmic News Feed and easy setup, and why it's too late for Twitter to catch up   —  How Facebook Squashed Twitter  —  The idea of a “smartphone” that could connect to the Internet and run applications was around long before 2007; Apple, though …
Jan 27, 2016, 2:55 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
With Moments, Twitter reinvented the newspaper and has the potential to be the best newspaper in the world   —  Twitter's Moment  —  I try to save the most over-used of clichés for special moments, and that's exactly what this week feels like for Twitter.
Oct 10, 2015, 7:25 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple should improve the iPad by making it a better platform for developers, not introducing a new product   —  From Products to Platforms  —  Yesterday's Apple keynote was one of the company's best in quite some time.1 One reason why was, as John Gruber noted, a certain sense of stagecraft …
Sep 10, 2015, 12:35 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Many unicorns may fail, but as a group they are likely undervalued   —  Unicorns  —  The entire point of the name “Unicorn”, first coined by Aileen Lee in November 2013, is to describe something very rare: “U.S.-based software companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1 billion …
Jun 18, 2015, 1:55 AMIn context
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
A long-winded case for replacing Dick Costolo   —  Twitter Needs New Leadership  —  Yesterday Twitter released very disappointing quarterly results, with misses on both user and revenue growth.  From the Wall Street Journal: … The symbolism of the leak was appropriate …
Apr 30, 2015, 5:20 PMIn context

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