Author Archives: rangaprabhu

Apple’s Spring Event: Think Smaller and Cheaper

Apple’s Spring Event took place on the 21st of March, 2016 at Apple’s Infinite Loop campus. As widely expected, Apple unveiled a new iPhone and a new iPad. Here is my take on Apple’s new product announcements which were probably the most accurately rumored in its history. A Smaller and Cheaper iPhone Breaking its long tradition of announcing iPhones in […]

Of Marc, Mark and free Internet.

The Internet has been on fire for the past 24 hours after well respected Silicon Valley VC Marc Andreessen opined on the Indian regulatory ruling against Facebook’s Free Basics program. As someone who admires Marc for his global perspective, I do believe he is anti-colonialist and respects India and what the country has to offer […]

Ideas to solve real and meaningful problems

I just finished hearing the latest episode of the Planet Money podcast titled “Anatomy of a Scam“. As I heard the story, which is strongly urge everyone to listen to, I felt helpless. As I thought about it over the past few hours, I realized, why can tech and all the millions of dollars in public […]

Movers and Shakers in Tech in 2015 – Part 2

Last week, I wrote the first part of a two-part series on how the tech industry fared in 2015. In this second and concluding segment, I take a look at the big incumbents- the Goliaths in their respective domains and how they fared in 2015. This also serves as a good setup to my next post- key […]

Movers and Shakers in Tech in 2015 – Part 1

We are a week away from saying goodbye to 2015 and now would be a good time to look back at everything that happened in tech in 2015. This was an interesting year with a lot of interesting efforts from various tech behemoths and startups. Incumbents consolidated their respective positions of strength while upstarts continued […]

Apple’s Carrier Relationships and the new iPhone Upgrade Program

Prologue Long, long ago, or atleast what feels like an eternity today, Apple, the maker of the colorful iMacs and the recently successful iPods, decided to make a phone. They went to the biggest player in town, Verizon, which politely declined to carry it. They struck a exclusive deal with AT&T instead that would prove […]

Working at Amazon – Five years and counting

By now, you have read the NY Times article on life at Amazon. You have also read the many LinkedIn and Medium posts supporting it and also passionate rebuttals from current and ex-employees. As a regular blogger, I had the urge to publish this as soon as the NY Times article hit the press. But […]

Google’s Fi wireless service- Opportunities and Challenges

As expected, Google announced its wireless service, Project Fi on the 22nd of April. Details about the program as just filtering in but this is a high level take on what it means to the mobile operator ecosystem/model and implications for handset and wireless device makers. This is a pretty exciting development that could have […]

The Dawn of a new day for Drones

There has always been a vision for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in cities and fields and industrial areas across the world doing the things that are challenging for humans to do. Some of it has been happening for a while now like automated seed dispersers in fields, disaster response and more. Thanks to Jeff Bezos […]

Making the case for FitBit in the era of the Apple Watch

Last week, I wrote about how Pebble Time, a startup making smartwatches can survive and thrive in the era of the Apple Watch. In this post, I lay out my arguments for why FitBit can and hopefully will thrive in the same world. A little over two and a half years ago, I decided to […]