From the category archives:


Apple and the Natural Tension Between Design and Engineering

by Ian Rosenwach 4.26.2017

Summary: If Apple decides it’s a design company, it risks not being about to launch game-changing products. Apple should be a product company, and navigating the balance between engineering and design is the company’s secret sauce. Neil Cybart from Above Avalon’s post on defining Apple as a design company got me thinking about the natural (and healthy!) […]

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Apple 2017

by Ian Rosenwach 1.6.2017

When was the last time someone cared about Apple? It seems like Jony Ive is on his way out. The Apple Watch is doing ok. AirPods sound promising, but where’s the Apple hype machine? And do headphones have game-changer potential, representing a step forward for humanity? Perhaps in the promise of a better ecosystem…but in […]

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2014 Predictions Revisited

by Ian Rosenwach 12.24.2014

It’s prediction season! 2015 predictions coming soon, but first I’ll revisit my 2014 predictions and see how I did. Here are my 2014 predictions and my self-assigned grade for each. 1 – A Big Year for Female Leaders I predicted that a female would be named CEO of a large company and generally women would rise […]

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Technology + Fashion = Social Utility

by Ian Rosenwach 10.9.2014

We’re only in the beginning of the convergence of fashion and technology. What will the future look like? (My) Definitions Fashion is how we express ourselves to the outside world. Technology is using tools to improve the quality of life. Technology becomes a utility when paired with fashion. Since many of the utilities in our […]

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Book Review: The Year Without Pants, and the future of work

by Ian Rosenwach 10.30.2013

Summary: A good book if you are part of, lead, or want to lead a distributed (remote) development team. Also, if you’re interested in how to prioritize culture as an organization. But don’t expect much insight into the business behind WordPress.  “The Year Without Pants”, by Scott Berkun, chronicles Berkun’s year working at Automattic, the […]

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Have knowledge? Forget it.

by Ian Rosenwach 10.24.2013

Summary: The ability to free yourself from what you’ve been taught is a critical ingredient in creative success, in art as well as in business You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail. – Charlie Parker […]

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RSS revisited

by Ian Rosenwach 10.24.2013

Summary: Standard publishing formats are necessary on the web, but as consumer behavior and demands change, the keepers of those standard formats must change with it.  In 2009 I wrote two posts with feedback about RSS (Really Simple Syndication) as a publishing medium. What’s happened since then? Is RSS dead? For whatever reason I was always […]

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Apple continues to expand the customer base

by Ian Rosenwach 10.22.2013

Today Apple announced that they are giving away new software for free, selling their computers at a slightly lower price point, and launching the new iPad Air. Tim Cook’s vision for Apple becomes more clear with every product launch: Keep product quality high and deliver incremental new technologies (so far) Experiment with lower prices and […]

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Marty Robbins’ El Paso and the Breaking Bad Finale

by Ian Rosenwach 10.1.2013

(ALERT: Breaking Bad finale spoilers below!!) First, hit play for the full experience. On September 23rd I tweeted my predication that the song El Paso would play a big role in the Breaking Bad finale. The title of the episode was “Felina”, and I recognized the name from the song El Paso. My familiarity with […]

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What I like about iTunes Radio

by Ian Rosenwach 9.23.2013

It’s no secret that artists don’t make the living they used to in the music business. The shift to digital content consumption changed everything; the chances for artists to earn a viable living as musicians are slimmer than ever. Streaming services like Spotify and Rdio provide a revenue-generating, legal framework for listeners to get unlimited access […]

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