One clear path to growth is to buy another company and integrate them into what you’re already doing. This week included many interesting acquisitions: Disney bought Maker, Intel bought Basis Band, and Facebook bought Oculus.
In other news, Microsoft brought Office to the iPad, Apple wants to bring cable TV to Apple TV, Google might let Oakley and Ray-Band design their glasses, and Tesla continues to fight the state-by-state car selling fight.
This week we try to come up with ways to become a monopolistic utility so that, just like Comcast, we can charge ridiculous prices for horrible service.
We also talk about the genius of John Lasseter and visionary leaders, Crunchie winners: Oculus Rift and Kickstarter, VISA and MasterCard’s smart card, the Comcast and Time Warner deal, the new A4WP alliance to bring us wireless charging, and Google’s takeover of Moffett Fields Hangar One.
Episode 63! Google has a sense of humor, Instagram disables inline tweets while Twitter’s making photo filters, Apple wants to bring Macs to America, Mary Meeker shares the state of the web, Android take off in China, Microsoft shares Windows Phone 8 keyboard secrets, and Time Warner Cable claims there’s no demand for 1gbs Internet.
We also discuss Free-to-Play games, solar cells in a thread, Matthew’s iPhone, and his new deck of cards.