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Apple After Steve Jobs: Does a Closed Software Company Need a Genius? : The New Yorker
"So what’s a technology firm to do? Each faces the open/closed question, and here is how to answer it. First and foremost, there will always be a complex tradeoff between closed and open designs, so there is no use being too religious in either direction. It is easy to underestimate open designs (no one thought Wikipedia would work), but even open systems need some points of control. In the end, the better your vision and design skills, the more closed you can try to be. If you think your product designers can duplicate the nearly error-free performance of Jobs over the past twelve years, go for it. But if mere mortals run your firm, or if you’re facing an extremely unpredictable future, the economics of error suggest an open system is safer. Maybe rely on this test: wake up, look in the mirror, and ask yourself, Am I Steve Jobs?"
business  management  open  closed  business-model  innovation  technology  open-source 
february 2013 by tsuomela

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