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The Change Function: Why Some Technologies Take Off and Others Crash and Burn

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The ultimate guide to predicting winners and losers in high technology

Pip Coburn became famous for writing some of the liveliest reports on Wall Street. He quoted everyone from Machiavelli to HAL, Anaïs Nin to Yoda, Einstein to Gandhi. But along with the quirky writing, he consistently delivered sharp insights into technology trends and helped investors pick stocks with l
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 22nd 2006 by Portfolio Hardcover
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Muhammad Khan
Given that this book is now more than 2 years old, and with the pace of technology as we know it, some of the use cases presented are not as relevant as it was when the book was being put together. However, the author has put into words, what I would've thought is obvious, but apparently isn't as obvious - because he proves how technology providers have kept missing the boat...that change is hard to accept, overall user experience is key to success; that technologists, engineers and programmers ...more
Daniel Milowski
Mar 28, 2014 Daniel Milowski rated it it was amazing
Great insight into why seemingly sure-thing products fail. Love this insight: To make a change, the pain of making the change must be less than the pain the current state is causing.
Paul Chavez
Nov 18, 2007 Paul Chavez rated it really liked it
The basic premise of this book is useful. Coburn explains simply why people make changes in the products they use. He then explains many positive and negative case studies. But the wrap up at the end where he lists a series of questions that an investor might ask someone who is pitching a new product is very useful and his tie-in to Alan Cooper and Jef Raskin (a couple of my favorites) was a very pleasant surprise.
Nov 23, 2008 Krzysztof rated it it was amazing
Amazing book evaluating why certain ideas make it into a market success and other don't. It also introduces an amazing, genuinly customer-focused methodology for predicting market success of innovations.
A introduction into why some technologies catch on like wildfire, and others don't... - it's all about the user experience!
Leftie Friele
Aug 22, 2007 Leftie Friele rated it liked it
Great book which provides good insight when working with technology and making products relying on technological changes.
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