5by5 | Mac Power Users #65: Workflows with Horace Dediu

(Note this is not the Critical Path, but a guest appearance on the sister show Mac Power Users.)

Episode #65 • December 5, 2011

Katie and David are joined by Asymco publisher Horace Dediu, who talks about how he researches and publishes his analysis of the mobile marketspace and his thoughts on the future of presentation tools.

via 5by5 | Mac Power Users #65: Workflows with Horace Dediu.

  • Zak Mussig


    I’m listening now, and by far the biggest idea from the podcast is the iPad app you talk about developing.  I’m an educational technologist working in higher education.The presentation method you describe would be a game changer (I believe you would use the term “disruptive”) in terms of adaptive content delivery and discussion in the classroom.

    I would love to hear more about this app as soon as is feasible given the development cycle.

  • Anonymous

    Your presentation app made me remember one of the goals I did set when I entered application programming: To really show what the numbers in accounting means. How the balance is static view, and the P&L is the dynamic one.
    Your app idea made me see it quite living. Hopefully you get it out as an Appstore app!
    Great also hearing you describing your workflow and tools.

  • Anonymous

    I hope there will be web video of some of your new disruptive presentations!

  • Kristian

    Good podcast again. If you want to get 4-8% from the apps that you recommend then you have to be part of this and but the links here to Works here in Finland too:

    This btw shows that Apple gets 30% of everything that it sells including music.

  • Anonymous

    So, if it comes down to just VJing the presentation out, as you mentioned, what would you use? VDMX plus a mobile MIDI controller on iOS? Those tools alone could indeed make for truly dynamic presentations. It seems however that you would like to further integrate additional realtime online data sources. Sounds really great!

  • Funny how we all have our particular lenses, mine being our challenging human interface with the overwhelming information age.  I just wanted to expand on something you mentioned in this excellent podcast as a reminder to us all…

    We all want to get the best information we can with minimal effort. What’s the best way to do that?

    Automation has its tradeoffs, of course.  While software can watch what we do and try to assess our affinities and then make recommendations, the downside with that is the creation of potentially harmful “filter bubbles.”  This happens with Google, Amazon, and others. See

    So one strategy is to start with that potential problem and then try to maintain good “informational diversity” from our chosen sources to make sure we also get exposed to things we were NOT thinking about which we’d also greatly benefit from.

    Having “crowd-sourced” sources, as you mentioned, is a great way to do that, such as comment sections on our blogs and Twitter followers.

    Our time is limited, and as you also mentioned, taking care to pick a few good diverse informational sources such as, Techmeme, FOSS Patents, 5by5 Podcasts, etc., most of the important stuff will eventually trickle through sources like these.

    The worst thing is to get stuck with sources that agree with us.

    Another of the problems we have is when we use language to search for information.  It misses a tremendous amount of good information.  Language-based search is definitely not good enough, but it’s a useful tool in our arsenal nonetheless.

    So in summary, it’s important that we be vigilant and keep a continuous watch on the diversity of the limited number of information sources we’re able to consume from.  We all like different cocktails, but it should BE a cocktail.

  • berult

    Story-telling one’s passion with little artifice, a sense of commitment to a ‘lived-through’ set of beliefs, …after having of course built fathomable, endearing credibility off long-enduring integrity. And then one aims for the lone pair of ears, the seething soul wandering about in a crowd with affected comprehension in its ‘cleared’ line of sight. A ‘life’ presentation of modest ambition and ambitious modesty; the antithesis to a live presentation, …be it matter-of-fact, ‘trick-or-treat’-enhanced, or acted-out preposterously as a travesty.

    Should DNA-codified authenticity ever be reduced to algorithmic approximation, lest one wished to abbreviate the message …sever it from its breathing punctuation? Show me a passionate speaker and I’ll show you just as passionate a corresponding listener, …just so that no astute observer could  imaginably tell quiescence and hyperactivity apart from one another. A puppet speaker …a ventriloquist listener…  A puppet listener …a ventriloquist speaker; the who’s who, the swing-wing geometry of a perfect presentation.

  • I really hope Apple is moving iWork in the direction you envision.  I believe their platform could offer very compelling features to this concept.  Think of the possible interaction with other iOS devices in the audience, like polling, hands on examples, commenting.  The responses could be dynamically integrated into the presentation.  

    As a new developer, these are the kinds of applications I would love to be a part of.