How many CEOs have been head of HR, Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Finance or Legal? Probably none. Here's how they can overcome that and still hire good people in those roles.
By Ben Horowitz, contributor
The biggest difference between being a great functional manager and being a great general manager – and particularly a great CEO – is that as a general manager, you must hire and manage people who are MOREOct 13, 2010 3:34 PM ET
By one estimate, pre-orders were coming in Friday morning at the rate of 25,000 per hour
The folks who hang out at Investor Village's AAPL Sanity Board are too impatient to wait for Apple (AAPL) to announce sales figures; they much prefer to work them out on their own -- in real time.
Entering the order numbers associated with their own purchases on a Google spreadsheet, they think they've cracked the code. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 12, 2010 12:58 PM ET
[UPDATE: Apple has published its Black Friday sale prices, and while the savings on MacBooks and iPods are in line with last year's, there are steep discounts -- 50% and more -- on third party products. The resellers, meanwhile, are offering unually steep price cuts. See MacRumors, AppleInsider and Gizmodo for some of the best bargains. To see what shoppers ended up buying over the first weekend of holiday sales, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 26, 2008 7:49 AM ET
Here's bit of upbeat economic news to brighten a gloomy Monday.
On Aug. 1, a London-based investor who calls himself "Tommo_UK" posted a message on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board asking anyone who had bought an iPhone 3G to provide three pieces of data: the serial number (with a few digits X'd out), the date of purchase, and the first 13 digits of the so-called IMEI number.
The International Mobile Equipment MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 6, 2008 8:42 AM ET
On Saturday, Aug. 30, the daughters of "BillH" bought an iPhone at an AT&T store in Sunnyvale, Calif. The next day, their father, an Apple investor from Minneapolis, reported on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board (AFB) that the so-called IMEI number on the phone was 01 171400 6049xx x (the last three digits X'd out for safety sake).
That number may not mean anything to you or me, but to a group MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 1, 2008 2:54 PM ET
UPDATE: Apple on Monday issued a press release announcing that it sold its 1 millionth iPhone 3G on Sunday. News from the company has apparently overtaken Gene Munster's analysis, below.
"iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, according to the press release. "It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 14, 2008 7:50 AM ET
End-of-year sales figures for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone in Europe are trickling in, but not in any form that can be definitively pieced together.
That latest news comes from Germany, where the head of Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile division said in an online interview Saturday that it had signed on 70,000 customers in the 11 weeks since the device went on sale. (link)
What's not clear is whether that number represents iPhone sales or MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 27, 2008 9:17 AM ET
Britons snapped up Apple (AAPL) iPhones at a healthy clip over the weekend, according to sales estimates that appeared in the British press this morning.
The Guardian and The Times quote Peter Erskine, CEO of O2 UK, estimating that "tens of thousands" of the devices were sold at Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores over the weekend. The Mirror, citing an unnamed O2 spokesperson, put the number at 70,000, according MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 13, 2007 8:07 AM ET
How did Leopard sell?
Very well indeed. In a press release issued this morning, Apple (AAPL) announced that it had sold or delivered more than 2 million copies of OS X 10.5 in its first weekend on the market. OS X Tiger, by comparison, took nearly six weeks to reach the 2 million mark. That makes the launch of Leopard the most successful OS release in Apple's history.
"These numbers show the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 30, 2007 12:13 PM ET
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