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Want to Buy My Platform?

Want to Buy My Platform?

RIM is officially reeling and has hired JP Morgan Chase to explore "strategic options." A few months ago, its CEO Thorsten Heins was committed to building a "future-proof platform." How's that going? Doesn't exist. Never will. RIM serves as an instructive example of what not to do in the Age of the Platform: Assume that your ecosystem will come Read More

On Platforms and Vacuums

On Platforms and Vacuums

Thorsten Heins, the 54-year-old chief executive officer of Research In Motion (RIMM) talks in this Mashable piece about how his company "is not leaving the consumer business." My gut reaction upon reading that: It doesn't matter. The consumer business is leaving you. In the Age of the Platform, you can either make it easy or difficult for people to embrace Read More

A Future-Proof Platform? Get Real.

A Future-Proof Platform? Get Real.

In a recent BusinessWeek article, Thorsten Heins, the 54-year-old chief executive officer of Research In Motion (RIMM) talks about his plans for the company. From the piece:

Heins says it will redefine mobile multitasking, enamor RIM to the app-developer community, and arm the company with a “future-proof” platform.

There is no such thing as a future-proof platform. Read More

A Quick Poll on RIM

A Quick Poll on RIM

Research in Motion (RIM) is a mess. The company has announced that it's ceding the consumer market to Apple and Google. In this very unscientific poll, what do you think?

Fixing Blackberry: A Radical Proposal

Fixing Blackberry: A Radical Proposal

Apple pays its developers 70 percent of the proceeds on sales of their apps. Ditto Facebook with credits and Amazon with Kindle sales. In other words, platforms that matter keep 30 percent of the royalties.

Is this fair or not? Who knows? I personally have no problem with that number and I kick Amazon and Apple 30

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