"They were the Apple of their day" -- Dan ("VisiCalc") Bricklin
From the Oct. 27, 1986 Fortune cover story that named Olsen America's Most Successful Entrepreneur:
THOUGH he has not yet become a household name, Kenneth Harry Olsen is arguably the most successful entrepreneur in the history of American business.
In 29 years he has taken Digital Equipment Corp. from nothing to $7.6 billion in annual revenues. DEC today is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 8, 2011 11:10 AM ET
But it comes in behind BMW in China, Trader Joe's in the U.S., Singapore Airlines in Singapore and the World Wildlife Fund in Germany, according to M&C Saatchi
There's a wealth of information in the 56-page "Brand Desire" report issued this week by the Clear marketing division of M&C Saatchi, the advertising firm formed by the Saatchi brothers in 1995 after they were booted out of Saatchi & Saatchi.
The headline for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 28, 2011 10:59 AM ET
A supplier is overheard tipping a hedge fund off to the project that became the iPad
On Oct. 1, 2009, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, a Flextronics director named Walter Shimoon had a telephone conversation with an an unnamed "cooperating witness" (CW-2) employed by a hedge fund.
During this conversation, secretly taped by the FBI and now entered into evidence, Shimoon allegedly gave CW-2 actual third quarter iPhone sales figures MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 16, 2010 2:11 PM ET
The key, according to Goldman Sach's new Apple analyst, is how it leverages its platform
"Apple's hardware products often capture the hearts of consumer with their innovative and elegant designs, and this has been the case throughout the company's 34-year history. Nevertheless, we believe Apple's tremendous success in its most recent decade has been primarily driven by the evolution of its content and software platform, with the hardware devices serving primarily MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 14, 2010 11:11 AM ET
The falling prices of handsets and the buildout of advanced mobile networks will help Android grow at unprecedented rates in the developing world, according to Google's head of Android.
Andy Rubin tweeted last week that Google (GOOG) was activating 300,000 Android phones a day. That number reflects incredible growth in a year that started with a tenth as many activations. At 300,000 phones/day, Google is on track to activate over 110 million MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 14, 2010 10:25 AM ET
Opens $3.79 (1.2%) higher after the firm resumes coverage with a $430 price target
Goldman Sachs (GS), one of the few major U.S. investing firms that wasn't covering Apple (AAPL), resumed coverage Sunday with a price target of $430.
The stock reacted immediately when trading began Monday, quickly setting an all-time intraday high of $325.06 as 1.4 million shares changed hands at the opening bell. It gave up some of its gains MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 13, 2010 10:08 AM ET
Google may now be the biggest smartphone vendor on earth.
Andy Rubin just Tweeted that Google (GOOG) is activating 300,000 phones a day. That passes Apple's (AAPL) iOS, that passes Blackberry (RIMM). That even matches any figures that Symbian has ever put up (though Canalys says Nokia might be at 325,000/day).
Google is closing in on an astounding 10 million phones per month. Recall that Apple just had its biggest quarter MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 8, 2010 11:45 PM ET
An analyst asks whether it can keep outperforming the market without paying a dividend
Toni Sacconaghi just won't give up.
For more than two years, Bernstein Research's top Apple (AAPL) analyst been after Steve Jobs to spend some of the company's growing cash hoard ($51 billion as of September), preferably on a stock buyback or cash dividend.
"Shareholder frustration," he wrote in an open letter to the board of directors in August, "is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 8, 2010 11:54 AM ET
Apple (AAPL), which has been trailing the market recently, reversed the trend on Monday and closed up $2.71 (0.85%) in a down market to set a new all-time intraday high of $322.33 and a new high closing price: $320.15.
A few useful stats courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:Year-to-date rise: 52% Rise over past twelve months: 65.6% Since the end of August: 32% Market Cap: $293.68 billion Trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio, as of Friday Dec. MORE Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 6, 2010 5:27 PM ET
A couple hundred dollars less than Apple charges, according to a new consumer survey
This one is a little hard to follow, so you might want to mute your TV for a minute.
Gene Munster's team at Piper Jaffray recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers.
They were shown a pair of competing devices -- a $629 Apple's (AAPL) iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 2, 2010 7:49 AM ET
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