Is Apple disruptive?

Interesting discussion on Twitter with Matt Yglesias about whether Apple is disruptive. Here’s what I learned.

Every product is both disruptive and constructive.

It disrupts someone’s business model, and adds new art.

Apple’s products disrupted the media industry. And they also add new art. Going back to the early Macintosh, when Apple included networking, built-in, not as an option — I understood they would make investments to create markets, not just ride on others’ investments.

So… I’d say on balance there’s been more new art in Apple’s efforts and less disruption. Actually when you think about it, successful companies are mostly constructive. 😉


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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