Innovation and the Future of Mobile, with Horace Dediu

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Will Sherlin 9:00 am, Jul 11, 2014 0 comments

Horace Dediu joins us for the 22nd episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast to discuss innovation and the future of mobile - what the post-mobile world will look like; how Apple, Google, and others are shaping the mobile experience of the future; and the next frontiers of mobile after health and fitness.

Horace Dediu is a noted Apple analyst and prolific writer. Since 2010 he has helmed Asymco, a consultancy he founded and on whose website he has published more than 1600 posts on a variety of topics. Along with Moises Chiullan, Horace hosts The Critical Path, a talk show contemplating the causality of success and failure in the evolving story of mobile computing and related industries. Horace was a student of innovation guru Clayton Christensen at the Harvard Business School and spent 8 years at Nokia as an industry analyst and business development manager.

In this episode of the podcast, Horace talks about why mobile and smartphones will no longer be thought of as synonymous in the very near future. He discusses how soon-to-be released products like Apple's HealthKit and Google Fit, combined with the revolution in wearables, will continue to drive change in industries like health care and will put more power than ever in consumers' hands.

Horace also shares his thoughts on "The Disruption Machine," Jill Lepore's New Yorker article that criticizes Clayton Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation. While he believes there is some merit to the notion that disruption is overused, Horace says the article overlooks years of research and writing since that has helped refine Chrinstensen's theories. He wrote a post for the Asymco site titled The Disruption FAQ in response to the article if you are interested in reading more of his thoughts on the matter.

Other highlights from the conversation include:

  • What we learned about the Apple New Product Process, or ANPP, from Leander Kahney's book Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products
  • Some of the reasons why health care technology lags behind consumer technology, and why that means we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what will be possible in personal health care
  • Other "white spaces" in the marketplace that Horace sees as ripe for disruptive innovation, including education and transportation
  • Why Horace says software, not technology, is the thing with the power to truly transform  industries 

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About the Author 

Will Sherlin is the Digital Marketing Manager at 3Pillar Global. His responsibilities include creating content for the 3Pillar website, hosting 3Pillar’s “The Innovation Engine” podcast, overseeing 3Pillar’s social media accounts, and various/sundry other marketing-related tasks. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

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