Scott Karp is talking about Content Businesses Don’t Scale Anymore: "...the loss of pipe control — i.e. the inability to force people to consume content they don’t want..."
In his context, he's taking about how new Web sites allow us to abandon the fat newspaper, which contains numerous sections we never read -- content that's forced on us through the pipe. Or YouTube replacing the forced pipe of the television network.
Could "loss of pipe control" apply to CAD software? Perhaps users would prefer it if CAD vendors were no longer able to force features that aren't wanted.
Karp's other example was how we abandoned film cameras so quickly: "When customers find a way to avoid buying the excess baggage, they change quickly," he quotes from The Internet Allows Consumers to Trim Wasteful Purchases by William Bulkeley. "After all, [some] business success relied on forcing customers to buy things they didn't want."
Could someone like Alibre make their software a la cart? Or is that perhaps not desirable in CAD software.