I’ve just read Starbucks Howard Schultz’s memo and my view on Starbucks’ leadership is once again reinforced. You have to be amazed by Howard’s and the company’s awareness even 20 years after founding the company(or taking over the original little Starbucks store at the Seattle Pike Place Market). Can Starbucks re-accelerate its growth? I’ll have to say yes as long as Howard is still at the helm.
I just wrote Adobe Flash is full of surprises about a week ago and today I came across OpenLaszlo. It’s a platform that’s supposed to enable “write once, run everywhere” applications. From what I understand after reading their website, OpenLaszlo is a programming environment or an SDK for writing applications. The code eventually gets compiled into Flash code so that it can run in Flash or Java. My guess is that the main target platform is Flash since Flash is ubiquitous and that OpenLaszlo seems to be targeting the desktop(ok, Java runs on the desktop too but seriously, it’s not desirable to run a Java application on the desktop when there are choices)
Finally, Steve Jobs just annouced that he wants to scrap DRM! Most consumers never believed in DRM anyway but media companies jammed it down consumers’ throats. Soon, we’ll see DRM in the graveyard!
Update: Steve Jobs’ letter is here.