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Choc13 · 2018-10-10 · Original thread
The Innovator’s Dilemma is a good read for more information on this topic. In fact one of the examples/case studies focuses on Sears and how the were nearly taken down by discount retailing.

The book can be found on Amazon here:

karmelapple · 2017-10-25 · Original thread
It would not be a horrible decision for Apple to make, because they embrace a solution to the Innovator's Dilemma.

The Innovator's Dilemma [1] is something that Steve Jobs seemed to have solved. How? Selling one product that cannibalizes sales of another from the same company was A-OK on his watch.

The iPod Mini was a perfectly fine device, yet Apple introduced the iPod Nano at the height of the Mini's popularity. The Nano had less storage [2], but it had solid state flash memory, and therefore was thinner yet.

How'd that work out for Apple? Just fine [3] - they kept about 80% marketshare for the entire life of dedicated digital music players in the market, and that market only went away when Apple brought out a phone so good that it made carrying a dedicated digital music player unnecessary.

Competing with themselves is a key piece in Apple's sustained success in a few markets. The iPhone 8 / X matchup shows they continue to not be afraid to do that with their phone, and I think that's a very healthy thing for their continued success... which also feeds into continued success of their ecosystem, including app developers (like myself!).




PaulHoule · 2017-10-16 · Original thread

Back in the 1970s you had a lot of people in the U.S. who fought in WWII or were Jewish or Polish or Italian or who otherwise would refuse to buy Japanese or German cars. They would buy American cars no matter how bad they were.

So American cars got really bad.

One of the most popular topics on HN is handwringing about what Mac laptop they want to buy. This model is underpowered, this one is expensive, that one has too few ports, etc. They might be happier if they bought a Dell, but they think of that like they think of putting a hand in their toilet.

So long as people buy Apple products on the basis of how they make them feel about themselves, they have no reason to make improvements in Siri.

The best thing you can do to make Siri better is vote with your feet.

mtgx · 2015-11-05 · Original thread
For the same reason if they had to change, oil companies would rather go into the hydrogen fuel business for hydrogen cars than in the battery-making business for EVs - the less they have to change their practices and infrastructure, the better (from their point of view).

Ten years from now, any car maker that isn't building an EV will be considered insane. Ten years ago, it was Musk that was considered insane for wanting to sell an EV. It requires strong leadership, vision and commitment to move to the "new paradigm", even if that is "the future", which probably isn't very obvious at all at the time.

Look at solar panels, too. Same thing. Just 5 years ago they cost 4x more. You can see how people would consider you crazy for wanting to go into the solar panel business 5 or 10 years ago, when some of the leaders in the business now entered the market.

If you haven't read it already, I strongly suggest reading The Innovator's Dilemma. It will give you more insight into why this sort of stuff keeps happening:

SatvikBeri · 2014-03-14 · Original thread
Former PM here. The Product & Project management jobs vary tremendously by company, and even within a company. Your best bet is to reach out to people who've had similar jobs in the same company and ask them for advice.

That said, I highly recommend The Innovator's Dilemma[0] and Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love[1]

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