In-House Manufacturing as a Competitive Advantage

Elon Musk speaking on “Whats next for SpaceX” – the company with the engine that has the highest thrust-to-weight ratio of any engine in the world, the airframe that has the best mass fraction of any rocket in the world and electronics that are the lightest and have have the most computing power over that of any other rocket, also, the company that just docked the first commercial spacecraft, the Dragon capsule, to the International Space Station.

In the case of Apple they did originally do production internally but then along came unbelievably good outsourced manufacturing from companies like Foxconn. We don’t have that in the rocket business. There’s no Foxconn in the rocket business. And rocket technology is also considered an advanced weapons technology so you can’t really have such a situation – so in our case manufacturing is necessary.

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Jason Jacobs on RunKeeper’s decision to stop developing mobile apps for Windows Phone and Symbian:

The first such announcement is now: going forward, the RunKeeper app will no longer be officially supported on Windows Phone 7 or Symbian. We expanded onto each platform in the last year or so. Combined, they make up less than 1.5% of our total userbase. We don’t see this changing any time soon, these platforms simply haven’t kept up with Android and iPhone, and we only see this gap increasing over time. We can’t justify giving our Windows and Symbian apps the support they need to be up to our quality standards, and if they can’t be up to our quality standards, they shouldn’t be at all. And don’t even get us started on Blackberry 🙂