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Steve Jobs single handidly killed the Symbian Army to save Microsoft

October11

this has nothing to do with Patricia Hearst.

in an indirect way, it has A LOT to do with Steve Jobs.

point of reference: when Jobs started talking about the iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007, he said, “This is a day I have been looking forward to for two and a half years.” Then he regaled the audience with myriad tales about why consumers hated their cellphones. then he solved all their problems – definitively.

Steve Jobs and Apple essentially wiped-out the “Symbian Army”.

and, that’s what makes the rest of this post all the more interesting, if not noteworthy.

there is a place in this world for old success to be part of a great come-back story. players in the potential drama can include Blackberry, Microsoft, and Nokia. but, mostly Microsoft and Nokia. Blackberry is currently an interesting historical footnote.

…seriously.

Stephen Elop, give me back my legions! while I’m not predicting, or even anticipating a re-imagined Symbian (I’ll avoid saying Nokia) come-back, I do suspect Microsoft is pondering a dramatic and evolutionary step. Microsoft piled $7.2 billion dollars into Nokia for the acquisition of it’s mobile unit. and, with that comes an emerging handful of intrepid entrepreneurs looking at establishing something of an Symbian support eco-system that could eventually become another acquisition play. it’s those, otherwise, imagineers that I’m working with.

consider this… for years, Symbian ruled mobile. at its peak, Blackberry was a scrappy underdog at best. then Jobs made a historical move and signaled the end of Nokia with a demonstration of five buggy iPhone prototypes. you can read that very cool story, here:

And Then Steve Said, “Let There Be an iPhone”

Symbian fans lament the loss of a veritable colonial empire. they once ruled the world, yet lost it by taking a nap. it can be argued that incompetence by lack of open-mindedness led to the collapse. NOTE: Blackberry fans are (they remain) like Fascists or Marxists; they never ruled the world, and they are lamenting the unfulfillment of potential, of how they could have won, but never did. NOTE: for what it’s worth, Ernest Hemingway would have carried an iPhone to defeat the Fascists in his beloved Spain. yet, ironically, many sense that Blackberry may live on in some enterprise fashion. and, here we have the Symbian underground coming to light.

in any event, with Symbian, we could argue that if only Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo got kicked out in 2008, the liberated loyalists would still have an empire stretching from the islands of Japan, to the frigid tundra of finland. like Blackberry fanatics, they may comment on lost opportunity, if the strategy was actually good, than maybe, just maybe their global market share could have overtaken Windows Mobile.

…wait… maybe that’s the plan. more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

let’s Bitch-Slap North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

April4

I love strategy. it’s something I’m genuinely good at.

looking at a map, North Korea finds itself framed by China and South Korea.

if Teddy Roosevelt were looking at the same map and faced with the choices we are today, I’m thinking he would essentially bitch-slap North Korea’s little sissy of a leader, Kim Jong Un.

that’s a tactical move. but, it sets-the-stage for a reasonable strategy.

and, it’s a bit contrary to my earlier post today, a Purposeful RESULT of Random Love. but, that just brings us back to Roosevelt and how some historical lessons are always relevant, as is my reference to my Dad below.

I’m thinking that China is massing on North Korea’s border (…wait… did you know that is what’s happening? it sure is) because they can’t take the chance that North Korea pisses off the United States enough to elicit a preëmptive strike that casts nuclear fall-out into China and South Korea. think about what Israel did with the Yom Kippur War in 1973.  that would make for a Chinese interesting” forty-year anniversary.

more importantly, China takes Korea and ultimately puts them in the hands of South Korea making for a terrific and powerful trade-partner.

“SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hackers have apparently disrupted North Korea’s government-run Twitter account. The disruption comes at a time of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The North’s Uriminzokkiri’s Twitter…”

kim jong unhere’s an interesting angle… by reputation, some of the finest hackers hail from China, itself. so, if I’m a shadowy Chinese Central Communist Party member (for the record I’m not. I am in-fact, a Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman – look it up in this blogs archives), and I want to stir-the-pot and instigate change, I give the order to attack North Korea at its bitter black heart – their ridiculous parody of a leader, Kim Jong Un, himself. he apparently drives everything rampant through a run-away ego.

everything about the little sissy makes you want to bitch-slap him.

“…a picture posted Thursday on the North’s Flickr site shows Kim’s face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: “Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.”

My Dad served in the United States Air Force under the Strategic Air Command (“Peace is our Profession”). he took détente seriously, and reasonably expected everyone else to do so as well. “Big planes with big bombs make other people think small”.

maybe the Chinese are gonna go “Roosevelt” on North Korea by speaking softly and use a big electronic stick.

is that poetic and justified irony?

they could call it the “Roosevelt Plan”. that would define irony.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


…not what you were thinking

December28

The fact is most opportunities are not corollary to the obvious.

Ten years will come-and-go quickly. It already has, and it will do so, again. And, along the way, Apple’s stock could well hit one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). You can take my word for it. But, here is additional insight.

As Galvin makes his case, Apple’s revenues may triple in the next ten years. So, the stock could indeed hit $1000. But, the real play is not so obvious, and will likely be in the form of fiber optics – because that is what is needed to pipe the content. But, Data Centers will have their role as well. And, dudes like Bob Twitchell (big smarty pants genius that he is) will help lead the way with emerging technology that makes relative technology faster, more secure, and less costly.

Reactionary investment strategy like reading news briefs off MSN and Yahoo! will kill you. Whereas proactive research will build wealth. So… read between the lines from cross-referenced information. Think in terms of convergence. For example, “Apple”, “Video Anywhere”, “Fiber Optics”, “Data Centers”, and “Venture Capital”.

Follow the money BEFORE the thundering herds sort it out.

It’s about foundational thinking and strategy – relative technologies that make for great strategic partnerships. One element of the formula building off of another.

Now you owe me.

Soon… More insight into being a physical bad-ass at fifty, and great Margarita tips.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

androids doing it the Apple way

August4

Here’s another example of how Apple eats everyone’s lunch, while making them think they like it…

One of my Andoird-toting, and still, sophomoric, BEANS called, and rather triumphantly, I’ll add, advised me that research firm Canalys estimates that Android had thirty four percent (34%) of the U.S. smart phone market in the second quarter, compared with thirty two percent (32%) for the BlackBerry – and, a “measly” twenty two percent (22%) for the iPhone.

“dude, people that care and matter are choosing android and numbers prove it. they speak for themselves”.

Fair enough said (and says) I – and, then reminded him, evenly, mind you, that the Apple iPhone is hamstrung by its exclusive relationship with AT&T. And, currently Android and BlackBerry (main stream whores, to be sure) phones are sold by many carriers.

I also, and boldly, predicted that the numbers will likely shift (one could reasonably assert dramatically) once the iPhone is available with other carriers. T-Mobile is imminent, as is Verizon – and, that particular race only represents North America.

NOTE: Ironically, now that the law and the man that are one has ruled that jailbreaking iPhones is fine-and-dandy, you’ll see the iPhone adopted even more aggressively. …just watch.

By the way… Don’t bother even thinking this wasn’t part of Steve Jobs’ plan all along. He made you think jailbreaking a phone was naughty, and thus, fun. You were fighting the man in your own self-defeating defiant way… All the time working like hell to make the iPhone work for you (and better for us Apple shareholders).

Jobs put a phone in your hand you not only didn’t know you could not live with out; he made you improve it, and it’s application, in ways he did not have to pay for with corporate coffers. And, those Android guys are working so hard to make their phones as good as the iPhone. It’s fun to watch. Especially when all that effort helps increase Apple’s share price.

Oh thank God for the delicious irony.

There are so many ways to count, and discount, BEANS. But, it’s the mistake you make twice I’ll try and steer you from. Learning what an open-mind is remains an endless and wildly gratifying part of life’s journey.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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