Apple & the aspirational escape velocity

Om Malik:

I just posted this on GigaOM. Hope you get a chance to read it.

No one wants to think about the fact that Apple, like Gucci and BMW has achieved what I call aspirational escape velocity. If Chinese are ready to line-up for a product (iPhone 4S) and pay a premium for it, even though likely that a cousin is involved in putting it together, something must be going right. So why isn’t buying an Apple product like an iPhone or an iPad the new normal?

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Of all the books I have read, there are two that stand out, not because they were the most well written or perhaps the most famous. They are two books that made me view the world with a fresh perspective.

When I was reading The Number by Alex Berenson, it became pretty obvious that the curse of quarterly results is leading to short-term thinking and will be the undoing of the pursuit of big ideas by large companies. That book explains a lot of the problems encountered by the incumbents in today’s fast-changing world.

The second book that I often go back to is The New Normal by Roger McNamee, a longtime technology investor in both public and private markets. McNamee might have become a punch line in Silicon Valley (thanks to his ill-timed bet on Palm), but when it comes to big-picture thinking there aren’t that…

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