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Day April 11, 2012

5by5 | The Critical Path #33: The Futility of Machinations

Dan and Horace are back to discuss the latest news from Nokia, RIM, HTC and Sony and what they have to do with each other. We touch on the distinction between market and product orientation and meander into the question of what is the value of the enterprise vis-a-vis the product it sells and what management has meant and what it should mean. We even tackle the history (and future) of history.

via 5by5 | The Critical Path #33: The Futility of Machinations.

This show covered a lot of topics, broad as well as deep.

Show notes and links:

  1. Investors hang up on Nokia after yet another profit warning – Apr. 11, 2012
  2. Sony posts its worst loss ever – USATODAY.com
  3. Sony doubles red ink forecast to worst loss ever – Yahoo! Finance
  4. Sony and Sharp warn of record annual losses – Telegraph
  5. 5by5 | The Critical Path #2: Synchronized failure

When will smartphones reach saturation in the US?

Nielsen has already noted that more than half of US consumers have smartphones. comScore’s data seems to point to that threshold being crossed sometime this year.

If that point is crossed then it would mark the smartphone as one of the most rapidly adopted consumer technologies of all time. I plotted the time it took for a set of technologies to reach 50% penetration of US households.

I also showed the time it took for some of the technologies to reach 80% penetration.