When the Nokia 6160 cellular phone was released in the late 1990s, it was one of the hot technology gadgets of the era. With its “candy bar” styling, good looks, and positive user experience, the phone was very popular and was once considered something of a minor status symbol. Today Nokia faces a “burning platform” according to CEO Stephen Elop. Read this article for more details and commentary.
Over the past few years, many obituaries of the newspaper business have been written. The growing tsunami of instant information combined with increasing accessibility to this information has shaken the comfortable “moat-like” business model of newspapers to the core. Few other case studies better define Joseph Schumpeter’s concept of “creative destruction”. Can Steve Jobs’ iPad save the industry?
Ken Auletta is apparently a brave author given his willingness to write about a story where the ending is still very much unfinished in Googled: The End of the World as We Know It. Mr. Auletta provides a great deal of insight regarding Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders, along with a good description of Google’s meteoric rise over the past decade. However, the more interesting aspect of the narrative involves the insights provided by Mr. Auletta and many technology leaders who are quoted extensively throughout the book. Read this article for more details.