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October 1, 2016

For those of you who thought that Google/Alphabet was going to take over the world with their self-driving cars and crowd-sourced live traffic app Waze, it turned out that the incumbent automakers were not going to take that lying down. At Paris Motor Show this week, B...

July 22, 2016

When the execution of one master plan is nearing its end, it is time to pen a continuity plan, naturally. This was what Elon Musk unveiled yesterday. In his plan “part deux,” he laid out several deliverables, one of which is underway:

  1. Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCit...

April 22, 2016

Two articles on the front page of the Business and Technology section of the Wall Street Journal on April 19th are, at first glance, entirely unrelated: one about the earthquakes in Japan and the other about Airbus’ satellite production announcement.

The first article (...

February 7, 2015

by William Putsis


Many have pointed to the decision by Google to pull the plug on the Explorer program for Google Glass as evidence that the “experiment” in the Google Glass program has failed. No other article has been more prominent than the recent piece in the NY Ti...

November 11, 2014

by William Putsis


I often write about how companies can gain dominance in markets by leveraging points of strategic control. Apple’s control of sapphire glass (see my earlier post) was one classic example that has seemingly gone awry not for strategic, but for operatio...

February 23, 2014

by William Putsis


Canonical Limited is a UK-based software company founded in 2004 and still privately held by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. It has over 500 employees and $30 million in revenues in more than 30 countries, focusing on open source softwar...

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