One of the values of things I learned absolutely directly from Steve was the whole issue of focus. What are we focusing on: focus on product. I wish I could do a better job in communicating this truth here, which is when you really are focused on the product, that’s not a platitude. When that truly is your reason for coming into the studio, is just to try to make the very best product you can, when that is exclusive of everything else, it’s remarkable how insignificant or unimportant a lot of other stuff becomes. Titles or organizational structures, that’s not the lens through which we see our peers.Jonathan Ive
一个小时前的一天是我和老婆结婚五周年的纪念日。 我送给她的礼物是一盘炒的咸淡不均的菜。 当我合上电脑走进房间，她已经伤心的睡着，然后被我吵醒，这已经是这五年内不知道第几次了。
一时间我好像回到了小学，因为给我这种感觉的女生好像只有在小学见过。 我就盯着她的后背，一直看。 看到开始发答题卡了。
我机械的涂卡。 前面突然就回头了。 盯我答题卡看了半天。 我就慌了。可能还是近视的原因，她盯了好一会儿，没有表情的回头去了。 吓我。 我记住了这个和我学号就差一个数字的女生的学号，肯定不会就这么算了，我有预谋。
因为杂事多加起床晚，我基本上每堂课都混最后一排。 她每堂课都在第一排。 隔这么多人我很容易就看不到她的后背了。 一有机会就盯一会儿，这种方式对一名研究生来讲十分幼稚。 貌似很有效，十次有八次能看到她回头看我，如果不是因为近视眼的话。
1/Cycle time compression may be the most underestimated force in determining winners & losers in tech.
2/First clear instance of cycle time compression: Cloud/SAAS vs on-premise enterprise software.
3/Cloud/SAAS development cycles can be far faster than on-premise software; single instance deployed instantly to all customers.
4/Further, customers can try and adopt cloud/SAAS far faster than they can try and adopt on-premise software.
5/Implication: Cloud/SAAS is probably impossible to compete with for on-premise software across multiple product cycles.
6/Second clear instance of cycle time compression: Product improvement & customer upgrade cycles for phones vs TVs and cars.
7/Consumers can upgrade their phones every 1-2 years, vs TVs at 5-8 years? Cars at 10-12 years? With phones improving by leaps & bounds.
8/Implication: At given point in time, your TV can be 4-6 years behind your phone; your car can be 9-10 years behind your phone.
9/Implication: TVs and cars will become accessories for phones, not the other way around. And already happening: Airplay, Chromecast.
10Interesting note: Web cycle times still much faster than mobile app cycle times due to restrictive mobile app store policies.
Rich and poor
1/Technology innovation disproportionately helps the poor more than it helps the rich, as the poor spend more of their income on products.
2/This sounds like it must be a controversial and politically charged position, and yet it is not — it flows from basic economics.
3/The best way to understand this is by historical example: What the rich used to have and what the poor now have, due to tech innovation.
4/Rich have always been able to pay servants to wash dishes; due to tech change, now most US homes have automatic dishwashers.
5/Rich have always been able to pay servants to wash and dry clothes; now most US homes have automated washers and dryers.
6/Rich were able to afford to have fresh ice delivered daily to make iceboxes work; now all American homes have refrigerators.
7/Rich were always able to afford to hire musicians to play in their homes; now audio equipment and digital music are cheap for everyone.8/At one point only the rich could pay for horses, buggies, stables, coachmen — now cars are easily affordable by almost everyone in West.
9/Go far enough back, only rich could afford hand-copied books or to employ scribes; printing press made books accessible to the poor.
10/Technology innovation is the main process by which luxury items become produced, packaged, and made affordable for everyone.
11/Opposing tech innovation is punishing the poor by slowing the process by which they get things previously only affordable to the rich.
12/And, tech innovation is the process by which everyone in the world will be able to afford things that are plentiful in the West today.
13/A great lens on this is the US HUD housing survey; shows rapid material progress of poor Americans quite clearly.
14/Note that consumer costs rising most quickly (education, health care) have least tech innovation and least market competition.
15/This is Baumol’s Cost Disease: http://www.amazon.com/The-Cost-Disease-Computers-Cheaper/dp/0300179286/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=05X070VAH6JAR7SFFY4H … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baumol’s_cost_disease … http://www.economist.com/node/21563714
16/The way to make health care and education more affordable for more people is more tech innovation, not less. Push onto tech price curve.
17/if you object “not ALL poor can afford product X”: The answer is more tech innovation to drive price down further, in every case.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain
Six Simple Rules by Yves Morieux
- Understand what your people do
- Reinforce integrators (by removing layers)
- Increase total quantity of power
- Extend the shadow of the future
- Increase reciprocity
- Reward those who cooperate
Blame is not for failure, it is for failing to help or ask for help. — CEO of LEGO
2014 Q1 recap
A team aligned behind a vision will move mountains. Sell them on your roadmap and don’t compromise – care about the details, the fit and finish.
- Kevin Rose