We have discussed various business models and looked at examples of companies that experienced explosive growth. We have learned about Palo Alto
Networks and Appthority through interviews with Chad Kinzelberg and Domingo Guerra. In this graded discussion, you will explore how Palo Alto Networks
and Appthority fit into our framework of explosive business models, and how they might fit together.
The questions listed below are intended to seed the discussion. You will need to apply what you have learned so far in this course to analyze where the
companies are now and what paths they might take in the future as they continue to grow.
1. In what ways do Palo Alto Networks and Appthority fit the profile of an explosive business model?
2. Looking at Palo Alto Networks’ and Appthority’s business models, how are they similar and how do they differ?
3. Why did Palo Alto Networks’ move into the end-user security market as growth in the firm’s core enterprise network security business normalized?
4. Might Appthority have been a good candidate for Palo Alto Networks to acquire? If so, why didn’t this happen?