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Ken teaching a course at Stanford Continuing Ed

Ken Krechmer will be teaching a 6 week evening course at Stanford University Continuing Studies starting Sept. 21, titled, “Interfaces: The Gateway to Controlling New Technology Markets”.

Interfaces are everywhere: user interfaces, software interfaces, protocols, and many more. Designing, developing, and deploying key interfaces are crucial to the long-term success of many products, product lines, and companies. And interface control is perhaps even more important. Controlling interfaces has reaped enormous rewards for some of the most successful companies on the planet, such as Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

These days, the web is full of market opportunities that might become long-term profit opportunities if key interfaces can be controlled. What will happen to social networking interfaces such as Google OpenSocial, Facebook Connect, and Twitter’s API over time? Or consider Apple APIs — several European governments are concerned that only Apple products can download music from Apple’s iTunes site.

This course analyzes the historic, legal, societal, political, and economic impact of controlled interfaces, and also suggests future directions: new ways of creating interfaces that sidestep the negative issues of control and yet still support commercial advantage. See https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/course.php?cid=20101_BUS%20209 for further details and to sign up.

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested. Thank you.

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