Weekend Reading

This week’s links:

  • Inside the App Economy: from Business Week.  “Beyond the goofy games is a world of useful programs that’s making fortunes and changing the rules of business.”
  • CK Prahalad Interview: from Knowledge@Wharton, on the bottom of the pyramid. “How has Prahalad’s book — a revised, fifth-anniversary edition of which has just been published — affected the behavior of companies and the well-being of consumers in the years since its publication?”
  • The next Four Billion: by Tomi Ahonen. “There are 480 million newspapers printed daily; 800 million automobiles registered on the planet; 1.1 billion personal computers including all desktops, laptops, notebooks and netbooks; 1.2 billion fixed landine phones; 1.4 billion internet users; 1.5 billion TV sets; 1.7 billion unique holders of a credit card of any type; and 2.1 billion unique holders of a banking account of any kind. But 4 billion mobile phone subscriptions.”
  • What Startups are Really Like: by Paul Graham.
  • Google redefines Disruption — The Less-than-Free Business Model: by Bill Gurley. “Google will pay you to use their mobile OS. I like to call this the “less than free” business model. This is a remarkable card to play.”