Contrary to popular opinion I don’t think that blogs are dead. I would argue that the time of crappy blogs about dogs and people’s everyday experiences is over and they are replaced by high-quality blogs where smart individuals share their thoughts and knowledge about a certain topic.
Some of these authors provide insights and share point of views that average tech journalist do not have because they have become nothing more than PR echo chambers. This is a collection of sites that might be relevant to you as well if you would like to get a better understanding what it means to create remarkable customer experiences.
Monday Note is written by Frédéric Filloux and Jean-Louis Gassée. Jean-Louis Gassée, the founder of Apple in France in 1981 and former head of product development at Apple (He was later ousted by Sculley and the Apple board) shares his views about Apple, media, technology and business models.
Asymco is blog by Horace Dediu, a former business analyst at Nokia who became an independent analyst and who shares his insights into the mobile and computing industry. What makes his insights special? He has been the analyst that has several times predicted Apples quarterly results more precise than than many Wall Street analysts. Especially interesting is his analysis of Apple and the integration of different scientific concepts such as disruptive innovation, product lifecycles and his recent interest in yet to be disrupted industries like the movie industry and the financial industry.
Charlie Kindel was the former general manager for the Windows Phone Developer Ecosystem and has left Microsoft last year to do his own startups. While details are still unknown he shares his insights about the Windows Phone and the mobile industry on his personal blog Ceklog. Some of the hightlights are his thoughts on Android platform fragmentation and his opinion why Windows Phone has not taken off yet.
Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur who became well-known for selling his startup Weblogs Inc. to AOL, cashing in on the first social media startup acquisition wave. He is currently working on several ventures which include his always-pivoting startup Mahalo and his startup conference called Launch. The conference also includes a blog and while his blog won’t win a price for excellence in editing, he shares some interesting perspectives. Of note are his thoughts about Amazon that I haven’t read somewhere else before. If you are working in retail, articles like Rumor: Amazon Retail Stores Coming & Predatory Pricing Channel Destruction and The Cult of Amazon Prime will certainly be of interest to you.
The Critical Path Podcast
While it is not a blog and comes from somebody that I have mentioned already, The Critical Path by Horace Dediu is one of the best podcasts I have come across. The Critical Path is described as “a talk show contemplating the causality of success and failure in mobile computing. Using Apple as a lens to look at both telecom and traditional computing markets, we try to understand what it means to be great.” Amazing description, amazing podcast and while the early episodes focus heavily on Apple and the mobile industry, the latest podcast dive into the movie industry and how the industry could be disrupted.
Do you have any recommended blogs or podcasts that are worth sharing? Let us know!
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