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Model III, Model T?

Santiago Miret, Ph.D. student, materials science & engineering | September 3, 2014

Tesla Motors’ new Model III has the potential to become the 21st century’s Model T by introducing the electric car to the mass-market consumer and causing disruptive change in the automobile industry. Earlier this summer, Tesla Motors announced some initial details for its forth car, the Model III. According to Tesla, the new electric car will be … Continue reading »

Tesla and Adobe: Why Continuous Deployment May Mean Continuous Customer Disappointment

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | January 6, 2014

For the last 75 years products (both durable goods and software) were built via Waterfall development. This process forced companies to release and launch products by model years, and market new and “improved” versions. In the last few years Agile and “Continuous Deployment” has replaced Waterfall and transformed how companies big and small build products. Agile is … Continue reading »

When product features disappear – Amazon, Apple, Tesla and the troubled future for 21st century consumers

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | November 21, 2013

One of the great innovations of the 21st century are products that are cloud-connected and update and improve automatically. For software, gone are the days of having to buy a new version of physical media (disks or CD’s.) For hardware it’s the magical ability to have a product get better over time as new features are automatically added. … Continue reading »