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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Wow, just wow
by jared_wilkes on Sun 25th Mar 2012 16:38 UTC
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This article betrays Thom's biases. GO is most well known for having the most talent and the largest financing of a startup at the time and delivering NOTHING! Yes, GO's software and devices were innovative, but they didn't sell. Kaplan needed to pivot every six months (and he did so amazingly well - using his and Kapor's rep to rationalize continued investment.) They burned millions and millions with very little to actually show for it. In the end days, they pivoted to a completely "new" company called EO which was completely dependent on AT&T -- they still could barely sell any units, and in the end, some of the best minds, talent, ideas, and money were completely flushed down the toilet. That is the story of GO.

I can't even fathom how one very out of context quote about IBM (it almost feels like Thom was like: "Oooh, oooh, oooh! He said religion. He must be talking about Apple!") can be contorted around to Apple and an accusation that Apple "stole" the Newton based on a failed attempt to recruit Sakoman. (And ignoring that GO was embroiled in suing Microsoft for IP theft for much of its existence -- not Apple.)

If you want to conflate innovation with "inventing something that no one ever ends up using because of poor execution and lack of focus" and damning Apple for actually being successful with products that people actually use, so be it -- but you aren't being very persuasive with this misappropriated, contortionist anecdote.

Edited 2012-03-25 16:49 UTC

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RE: Wow, just wow
by kwan_e on Sun 25th Mar 2012 16:57 in reply to "Wow, just wow"
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2007-02-18

This <random fact> betrays <person X> biases.


And as we all know, bias is inherently EVIL!!! Did you know Hitler was also biased? Why, if you're biased, you may as well be the next Hitler! Go away - how dare you report on what <Y> says/is/does! Next thing you know, you'll be gassing Jews and gypsies! In fact, I hold you personally responsible for Auschwitz and Mel Gibson!

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