Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 26th Mar 2008 22:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Motorola split into two groups today in order to save their falling mobile business, but the real kicker is an insider's email that Engadget published. It has it all, from suicides to golf scores and how all that brought a giant down. Good afternoon reading, albeit sad. Update: My personal rant/editorial on the situation, describing the failure of Motorola to understand the importance of their EZX Linux-based phones and how this drove their business down.
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printed email
by GhePeU on Wed 26th Mar 2008 22:14 UTC
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2005-07-06

Motorola's current CEO, Greg Brown, is so technologically out of touch he refuses to use a computer for communications, and has all his email correspondences printed by his secretary and replied to by dictation.

This has to be an urban legend. It can't be true.

Edited 2008-03-26 22:15 UTC

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RE: printed email
by segedunum on Wed 26th Mar 2008 22:39 in reply to "printed email"
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2005-07-06

It's not an urban legend, and there are countless others like him. Hell, at least he doesn't pretend that he knows about technology and knows the business of his company like a lot of CEOs and Chief Execs do. Hey Carly, how's the beach?

The private jet thing is a classic. You don't even have one these days, let alone a fleet. You hire them.

Alas, a company like that is beyond hope.

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RE[2]: printed email
by kaiwai on Thu 27th Mar 2008 00:08 in reply to "RE: printed email"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not an urban legend, and there are countless others like him. Hell, at least he doesn't pretend that he knows about technology and knows the business of his company like a lot of CEOs and Chief Execs do. Hey Carly, how's the beach?

The private jet thing is a classic. You don't even have one these days, let alone a fleet. You hire them.

Alas, a company like that is beyond hope.


I said this years ago, right back with the G4/G5 fiasco with Apple; but of course, we were told by Motorola fanboys on this forum that I didn't know what I was talking about. The point I was making back then, and I still make today, it is a symptom of a bigger issue. People look for the big bangs and crashes in a company when one should really look at the culmination of small but crucial stupid decisions and management to understand why a business goes south.

When a company can't even get the basics right, how can they honestly get the big things right; when their priorities is on pampering management rather than management taking a leading role in the company - and being held accountable; is there any surprise that these things happen?

As for their mobile phones, they were bad 10 years ago, and they're still bad now. Nothing has changed. Whilst Nokia, Erricson, Alcatel, Hyundai, Kyerocea and so forth have moved forward - there hasn't been a single improvement over the quality in Motorola phones. They're as shockingly unreliable now as they were 10 years ago.

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