Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 15:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I'm currently reading Jerry Kaplan's excellent book "Startup: a Silicon Valley adventure". In this book, Kaplan, founder and CEO of GO Corp., details the founding, financing and eventual demise of his highly innovative company, including the development and workings of their product. What's so surprising about this book is just how timeless it really is - the names and products may have changed, but the business practices and company attitudes surely haven't.
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by lucas_maximus on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 18:43 UTC
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IBM especially in the 60s was a very different beast to Apple.

I have heard stories of people checking whether you socks were held up by garters under your trousers. IBM was very slow moving due to a lot of bureaucracy.

If I remember correctly the only reason IBM PC actually took off was because an outside somewhat radical department at IBM were tasked with it, because they said they could deliver in 1 year not 4 (which was the usual product lifecycle at the time).

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