Top 10 Posts in 2011

Top 10 Posts in 2011

I was looking through my posts from the last two weeks and noticed that I never posted a “Best of 2011”.  Since it’s January 15, I’m going to call it still early January and not too late for it.  You’ll find my top 10 listed below (in order) with a link, a sentence summary and a sentence about why I think it was one of the best posts in 2011.

  1. The Speed of Innovation: The 30 Year Anniversary of the IBM PC (8/2/2011) – This post is an interesting comparison between the evolution of the computer over the last 30 years and the evolution of the car over the past 100.  I was (and still am) really excited about this post because it shows just how exciting the time we live in is.
  2. Apple Stock and the Laws of Probability (4/25/2011) – This post talks about how Apple’s stock price is based on the company continuing to be able to introduce disruptively innovative products.  I am choosing this post from April 2011, because I think 2012 may well be the year where we see Apple’s stock go through a major downward revaluation… potentially losing as much as 25% of its value by year’s end.
  3. Too Big to Fail and IT (12/30/2011) – About whether the big IT companies could be allowed to fail or the government would/should bail them out like they did the banks.  I picked this one because I thought it was an interesting thought, and because it got a couple thoughtful responses in the comments.
  4. Foursquare, The Innovator’s Dilema, and Bubbles (9/29/2011) – This post talks about how quickly the innovator’s dilema can hit a tech company and specifically how Foursquare may already be suffering from it.  I think this post sheds some light on thinking about the leading companies in technology.
  5. A Few Reflections on the Occasion of my 28th Birthday (5/16/2011) – A discussion of whether the ambition of youth is based on naivety.  I loved my birthday post this year, I’ve actually gone back to it for motivation several times.
  6. It’s Just a Phase (10/4/2011) – A thought about how many of the companies in IT (especially startups) that are based on the evolution of a market in IT are actually taking advantage of something that’s just a phase and will go away.  I think this is an important post to keep in mind when you think about investing in IT companies, even ones that are making a fortune may not be around for long.
  7. The Leader of the Pack is Now Android (6/8/2011) – This post talks about the announcement of the iPhone 4GS and my observation that a fair number of the features are actually copies from Android phones and apps.  I think the fact that Apple has to copy Android instead of the other way around is an important change in the landscape of smartphones.
  8. People as a Service (11/23/2011) – About the movement towards integrating free agents in to a workflow automatically especially using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service.  I chose this one because I find it really interesting.
  9. Netflix is Seperating for Good Reasons, Just Not Your Reasons (9/20/2011) – I tried to explain why Netflix separating in to a DVD and a streaming business was a good idea.  It turns out that Netflix reversed this decision, but I stand by every thought in here and think that by the end of 2012 Netflix will be a different and better company.
  10. The Dirty Little Secret About Cyber Security (5/13/2011) – This post talks about how no company is completely secure.  The attacks on Sony this year and the follow-on publicity of Annonymous and other cyber crime organizations was one of the most important things that happened this year and this is a perspective that some people forget.