Apple makes roadkill of deer-in-the-headlights CEOs

“Although Acer ex-CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci and the company’s board members’ inability to reach a consensus was the main reason for the CEO’s resignation, the strong impact from Apple’s products is the other key reason for Lanci leaving the company, according to sources from notebook makers, who added that in addition to Acer, Nokia’s ex-CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and LG Electronics’ ex-CEO Nam Yong both stepped down because of their inability to defend their companies from Apple’s fierce competition,” Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“The sources pointed out that the appearance of Apple’s iPad significantly impacted the netbook market in 2010 and messed up Acer’s lineup for the entry-level notebook market, causing the company to see almost no growth in shipments,” Chen and Tsai report. “As for Acer’s smartphone business, since the business is currently still facing losses, Acer is still incapable of competing against other first-tier smartphone brands, especially Apple, the sources noted.”

MacDailyNews Take: It’s a big club: The Federation of the Flummoxed.

Chen and Tsai reports, “Since first-tier smartphone and PC brands are still unable to find an effective strategy to counter Apple’s advance with Lanci the most recent victim of Apple’s assault, the sources believe executives of brand vendors such as Motorola, Sony, Toshiba, Asustek Computer and Lenovo are all in danger of being dragged off by the wave.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We don’t even need to type it.


    1. No, not a lack of clairvoyance—a lack of imaginaton, a lack of creativity, a lack of even the desire to improve anything except the bottom line.

    2. All it took was a serious look at what Steve Jobs did at Next starting with BSD Unix and the programming tools which came to Apple to see what the OS was going to bring, to the already shipped mobile market that started with the Newton (which started with Apple’s work with prior to NeXT with the ARM chips).

      That was followed by Quicktime, sound advances & basic applications & utilities starting to set up a total digital ecosystem of software and hardware to run it.

      ALL of those advances were in place before the year 2000.

      Hence, I stand on the record, stating flatly that the features announced by Apple gave fair warning to anyone who would look with a large picture at what was happening with Apple’s aquisitions and internal development.

  1. How can they compete? They were making the same old crap year after year until the iPhone and iPad came along, and that’s all they know how to do!

  2. I don’t see how this can be called “fierce competition” from Apple. If Apple were trying to make me-too netbooks at a lower price than Acer, that would be a competition. But, Apple is making an entirely different product that in no way competes with the traditional netbook. It’s the fact that people actually want the new thing that Apple makes instead of getting the same old crap from Acer that’s causing CEO destruction.

  3. some years ago I said Apple was going to hurt Acer. That was when Acer sales were accelerating by tens of percent every quarter due to net book sales. Win fanboys laughed called me idiot etc. and said Apple is DOOMED.

    NOW I hear the SAME tired story from Android fanboys about HTC etc: their sales are of android phones are accelerating, gaining market share (go read all the android rants of HTC thunderbolt killing Verizon iPhone), Apple is DOOMED.

    dumb droidek dudes: thing is you guys forget is long term strategy and PROFITS.

    All these android guys fighting each to the bottom selling cheap (like acer netbooks), androids, giving BOGO deals and building expensive multiple models with funky hardware (each selling a handful relative to the iPhone) is going to kill their profits.

    A few years from now the HTCs will join acer… just watch.

    iHaters keep joking at Apple as a ‘toy company’, not realizing it’s the most ferocious competitor around and the only one that controls award winning hardware, software , content (iTunes) and application stores together with a top ranked retail chain.

    Critics say Apple is ‘secretive’ ‘uncommunicative’ does not attend CES, CTIA , Mobile World etc. Well, PREDATORS usually don’t make a lot of noise until they strike…

      1. Pumas, tigers, jaguars and leopards have silently been sneaking around killing secondary CEOs.

        Is it time for the king of the animals, the Lion, to take on the big prize CEOs?

  4. When all you know what to do is extrapolate your sales graph based on what you know using outdated technologies that haven’t moved forward from a Nineties paradigm you’re basically flummoxed when a game changing disruptive influence makes an entrance. 

    All you have to fall back on is tried and tested strategies hoping that that is the best way forward, just like IBM was left stranded by the PC revolution wrought by Microsoft and to a smaller extent, Apple in the Eighties. But that was then and strategies that worked then don’t necessarily work now.

    Now that Apple has moved the game forward these dinosaurs are still using the Wintel approach of churning out ever cheaper PCs when the game itself has moved on to touch based tablets.

    The advantage with Apple under the leadership of Steve Jobs is being unafraid to venture into new territory possibly cannibalizing sales of an existing product line in which no amount of predictive analysis will give the right answers.

    There is a difference in being a visionary like Jobs and being a competent manager who happens to have risen in the ranks through sheer hard work but not necessarily having the imagination, the guts and gumption to overturn comfortable notions of what works.

    Only SJ dares to walk where angels fear to tread reaping the rewards of far sighted vision.

    1. Ballmer’s Left Nut has more brains than its Monkey-boy “host”.

      Seriously, you are spot ON. Very inspired post :o)

      “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” A. Einstein. He would have written “silly pundits” or “iHaters” today.

      Can’t wait for ZuneTang™ to entertain us some today. Come on Zunny, it’s YOUR day today.

    2. The problem is most corporation do not promote the visionary talent from the lower ranks to CEO, they tend to favor star Salesmen, Marketers of CFO and bean counters. Very few of this lot can offer out of the box long term thinking and visionary direction to a company’s product line. You might as well have a historian or psychologist at the helm. Creating a series of future products and supporting echosphere that truly provides value to customers is not a task that can be handeled by a star salseman because he can sell ice to an eskimo. Why does the product have to satisfy a customer need if the market is moving along and no major paradigm shift has caused anyone to have to really innovate? The trap that the Dells, HPs, and Microsofts fell into was they were in suc a hurry to commoditize PCs that they could not see past what would happen when a paradigm shift occurred and the PC companies relied too heavily on MIcrosoft for software . Most of them supported Linux too late and did so half heartedly so as not to pissoff Microsoft. CFO are primarily concerned with the bottom line and most don”t understand product development anyway. Salesmen and marketers use psychology to convince you to buy something you don’t need or want becaust it’s what ws the cheapest thing for their company to produce. I used to work for a small electronics firm in the barcoding industry. It grew to be the largest in the sector until the star salesman from Europe was pronmoted to CEo and ruined the company, which got bought out by Motorola.

  5. Windows system depended on the genius of Microsoft — protection stand-over- tactics theft and monopoly!
    Once it was breached all the punks have no defenses against others in their turf, and are waiting for Microsoft to restore their protection with its goods that were stolen from the other!

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