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Entrepreneurial Innovation: Killer Apps in the iPhone Ecosystem


  • Pai-Ling Yin

    () (Stanford University)

  • Jason P. Davis

    () (INSEAD)

  • Yulia Muzyrua

    () (University of Michigan)


The mobile applications (apps) industry has exhibited rapid entry and growth in the midst of a recession. Using unique data from the iPhone application ecosystem, we examine how the development of “killer apps” (apps appearing in the top grossing rank) varies by market and app characteristics. We find that previous app experience and no updating increase the likelihood of becoming a killer game app, while more updates increase the likelihood of becoming a non-game killer app. Development opportunities, level of competition, and demand preferences are possible drivers of the opposing innovation process results in game and non-game markets.

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  • Pai-Ling Yin & Jason P. Davis & Yulia Muzyrua, 2014. "Entrepreneurial Innovation: Killer Apps in the iPhone Ecosystem," Discussion Papers 13-028, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:sip:dpaper:13-028

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