Posted by: seanmalstrom | April 21, 2011

Email: Cisco killing the flip camcorder

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/technology/13flip.html

What do you think of this in terms of disruption?  Is this simply a company not understanding what made Flip successful or is something more nefarious happening here: are they intentionally trying to remove a consumer friendly product so people are stuck buying upmarket crap?

The simplest answer could have been the smartphone doing what the flip camcorder does. Since flip camcorder is an iconic disruption example, I need to get back to you on this. There has to be material out there from the ‘disruption authors’ concerning this subject. It’ll be curious to hear what they have to say.

But the key word from that article to remember is ‘speed’. Flip Camcorder went from ‘hot product’ to obsolete’ in record speed. This was much faster than previous disruptive products.

The point is that the world is speeding up. Cycles are moving faster and faster. It is the way how things will be in this New Era.

A decade or two from now, the rise and fall of the Flip Camcorder will be considered ‘slow’ because things in the future will be moving way faster than they are today. And that is scary! =)

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