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With Beats, Apple Buys A Quick Start On Smart Headphones

Apple purchased Beats By Dre this week, suggesting the company is looking at smart headphone technology — headphones that can sense what the body is doing.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Fascinating idea "smart headphones" or like Google glass for your ears.

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Innovators Dilemma Author Clayton Christensen Discusses Disruption via Startup Grind [Video]

Innovators Dilemma Author Clayton Christensen Discusses Disruption via Startup Grind [Video] | Startup Revolution |
I recently found this great interview that Mark Suster did with Clayton Christensen, who is without argument, the master of disruption.

Via Jenny Pesina
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Disruption In BSchool Education

Most of this talk is about disruption in education, but Christensen is the "master of disruption" and this conversation with Mark Suster is fascinating for Internet marketers.

Lack of technological core means an industry can't be disrupted. Education was in this boat for a long time. Online learning brings to education a "technological core" matched with pricing that has lost touch with reality means disruption is possible and likely.

Online learning and corporate learning programs are killing Harvard Business School. Christensen says half of the University business schools are in trouble and will be forced to get with it or close in ten years.

Apple Computer
Fascinating discussion of Apple & proprietary architecture at 10:33. The inevitable opening of a once proprietary operating system means prices fall and the money is made in "sophisticated manufacturing". "It really is scary," says Christensen about the loss of sophisticated manufacturing.

He goes on to blame business school for looking to layoff costs because of the way we teach people to measure things.

Another fascinating conversation about Fremiums at 14:30. "As a general rule if you have a product that doesn't get the job done you have to offer it for free," with Suster weighing in on charging for services. Modularity drives commoditization and that drives profit out.

Free usually means there is money to be made, "Above and below and you can invest or be an entrepreneur there and you can make money". Suster then talks about Venture Capital disruption and crowdfunding at 19:50.

Royalty Capital
Royalty Capital = movement in Boston to license capital as a way around limitations of venture capital at 24:00. When revenue starts there is a royalty rate returned to the capitalists. Fascinating alternative financing experiment going on in Boston.

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, May 7, 2013 7:33 AM

Grande site e grande entrevista com Clayton Christensen.

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Apple Buys Beats By Dre

Apple Buys Beats By Dre | Startup Revolution |
Dre makes an appearance in singer Tyrese Gibson's selfie, declares himself the first billionaire in hip-hop.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Huge news for our Moon Audio ( Hack Your Headphones promotion coming soon. Too cool.

Gav Morris's curator insight, May 10, 2014 5:24 AM

That's hip hop...

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How To Build a Business Model Like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple

How To Build a Business Model Like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple | Startup Revolution |

Via Robin Good, Gerrit Bes
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great advice in here even as I suspect it sounds easier than it actually IS :). 

Tom Hood's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:44 AM

is your next business model a platform?

This great blog post captured by curator Robin Good talks about platforms and the gang of four (Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook). 


"Today’s dizzying pace of change shows no signs of abating. If anything, it is likely to accelerate. So do everything you can to heed these lessons today, to be as prepared as possible for a vastly different tomorrow."

The ten lessons identified remind me also of the work of Rita McGrath (End of Competitive Advantage) who talks about six key areas in what she calls "The New Strategy Playbook":

1. Continuous Reconfiguration
2. Healthy Disengagement
3. Deft Resource Allocation
4. Innovation Proficiency
5. Discovery Driven Mindset
6. Entrepreneurial Career Management

and also the book, The Power of Pull...