Category: 1.1 Industry (General)

  • The First Derivative of Software is Eating the World

    The First Derivative of Software is Eating the World

    Marc Andreesen, venture capitalist at a16z, famously stated in 2011: Software is eating the world Wall Street Journal, 2011-08-11 Andreesen’s article describes the immediate impact of software, both as its own product category and as a component of increasing importance in existing (non-software) products. I want to discuss what I consider the first derivative of…

  • Too Many Points of Failure (at Theranos)

    I just finished reading John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood, which presents the story of the rise and fall of one-time Silicon Valley unicorn Theranos through his eyes as the journalist who broke the story. In case you missed it: Theranos was a healthcare company promising to sell a machine that could perform quickly and reliably…

  • Cargo Cult Startup Incubators

    The continued creation of me-too startup incubators reminds me of the (South Seas’) cargo cult. Richard Feynman tells the story this way: The cargo cult people were natives of the South Seas who, during the world war, benefited from Western civilizations bringing cargo to their land. After the war ended, and the cargo stopped coming,…

  • Contractions and Expansions in Organizing Software Development 2/2

    When compared with hardware, software has been only a recent addition to products. Companies have been reorganizing ever since to better deal with software development.

  • The Meaning of Digitalization 1/2

    My engineering colleagues are sometimes sarcastic about the (many) on-going “digitalization” initiatives: “Didn’t we do this 20-30 years ago, when we switched from analog to digital?” I guess, they are talking about digitization, not digitalization. Different from digitization, today’s digitalization initiatives are about giving software an equal seat at the table, in the line of…

  • Slides for Keynote at Inner Source Commons Summit at Bosch

    Today, I gave a keynote at the 2018 spring Inner Source Commons summit at Bosch, in Renningen, Germany. I talked about our experiences with ten years of inner source projects at the companies we have been working with. The slides are available as a PDF. The photo above is from the first keynote of the…