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22 Random Quotes From Adam Lashinsky

22 Random Quotes From Adam Lashinsky
22 Random Quotes From Adam Lashinskye

Cannibalization is by far the most difficult feat any established, successful company can pull off.

Adam Lashinsky

What to do with a leading business that's challenged by a new technology wave without hurting an existing profit stream? The single greatest example of recent memory is Apple's willingness to decimate iPod sales by incorporating all the category-defining product's features into a new gizmo, the iPhone.

Adam Lashinsky

The iPod was once so important to Apple that the estimable journalist Steven Levy wrote an entire book about it. And then, poof! The iPod was nearly gone.

The iPod was once so important to Apple that the estimable journalist Steven Levy wrote an entire book about it. And then, poof! The iPod was nearly gone.

Adam Lashinsky

The reliable way great conglomerates grew over time was by adding new products and buying new companies. IBM moved from mainframe to PCs.

The reliable way great conglomerates grew over time was by adding new products and buying new companies. IBM moved from mainframe to PCs.

Adam Lashinsky

Broadcom is the descendent of a nearly 60-year-old unit of the original Hewlett-Packard. Semiconductor companies are like enterprise software companies: they don't die easily.

Broadcom is the descendent of a nearly 60-year-old unit of the original Hewlett-Packard. Semiconductor companies are like enterprise software companies: they don't die easily.

Adam Lashinsky

The cloud, for a while more of a metaphor than a giant business, is re-ordering all sorts of industries.

The cloud, for a while more of a metaphor than a giant business, is re-ordering all sorts of industries.

Adam Lashinsky

A 'free and open' Internet has been an article of faith in and around Mountain View, Menlo Park, and its environs for two decades.

A 'free and open' Internet has been an article of faith in and around Mountain View, Menlo Park, and its environs for two decades.

Adam Lashinsky

Tesla has humiliated established carmakers with its brilliant vision. But Detroit, Turin, Stuttgart, and so on have understood scale as well as capital allocation for decades. Such gargantuan tasks could yet humiliate Tesla.

Tesla has humiliated established carmakers with its brilliant vision. But Detroit, Turin, Stuttgart, and so on have understood scale as well as capital allocation for decades. Such gargantuan tasks could yet humiliate Tesla.

Adam Lashinsky

Amazon has suffered quarters-long profit droughts. Alphabet has given its investors agita over profligate spending on non-core products. Microsoft's growth - if not its profit engine - stalled for years, causing its stock to idle, too.

Amazon has suffered quarters-long profit droughts. Alphabet has given its investors agita over profligate spending on non-core products. Microsoft's growth - if not its profit engine - stalled for years, causing its stock to idle, too.

Adam Lashinsky

Amazon is pursuing something called Amazon Key, which lets its couriers unlock Prime customers' doors and deliver packages. It's pairing the service, which it plans to make available in 37 cities next month, with a camera so users will have intelligence inside and outside their homes, presumably boosting trust and lowering creepiness.

Amazon is pursuing something called Amazon Key, which lets its couriers unlock Prime customers' doors and deliver packages. It's pairing the service, which it plans to make available in 37 cities next month, with a camera so users will have intelligence inside and outside their homes, presumably boosting trust and lowering creepiness.

Adam Lashinsky

Amazon has a good record with customers, who are confident the retailer will give them the lowest price. Entering their home will be another thing altogether.

Amazon has a good record with customers, who are confident the retailer will give them the lowest price. Entering their home will be another thing altogether.

Adam Lashinsky

Amazon led with online bookselling, web services, and drones.

Amazon led with online bookselling, web services, and drones.

Adam Lashinsky

Groceries, TV shows, and shoes are a few categories Amazon has been willing to hang onto for years.

Groceries, TV shows, and shoes are a few categories Amazon has been willing to hang onto for years.

Adam Lashinsky

ICG became a dot-com joke, a one-stock example of extreme hubris on the part of its management and the investment bankers and sell-side analysts who embarrassed themselves by pumping it up.

ICG became a dot-com joke, a one-stock example of extreme hubris on the part of its management and the investment bankers and sell-side analysts who embarrassed themselves by pumping it up.

Adam Lashinsky

ICG wasn't an index fund so much as a collection of venture-capital investments focused on so-called business-to-business Internet companies.

ICG wasn't an index fund so much as a collection of venture-capital investments focused on so-called business-to-business Internet companies.

Adam Lashinsky

Innovation, like creativity, is an amorphous concept. It's the holy grail of business, but achieving it - even merely explaining it - is lightning-in-a-bottle difficult.

Innovation, like creativity, is an amorphous concept. It's the holy grail of business, but achieving it - even merely explaining it - is lightning-in-a-bottle difficult.

Adam Lashinsky

Innovation has its limits, of course, and Salesforce has proved adept at supplementing its growth with acquisitions, a tool long available to older rivals like Oracle and SAP.

Innovation has its limits, of course, and Salesforce has proved adept at supplementing its growth with acquisitions, a tool long available to older rivals like Oracle and SAP.

Adam Lashinsky

Salesforce acquires companies - it has snapped up 55 since 2006 - that are either more innovative or that have pioneered market segments that Salesforce hasn't yet cracked.

Salesforce acquires companies - it has snapped up 55 since 2006 - that are either more innovative or that have pioneered market segments that Salesforce hasn't yet cracked.

Adam Lashinsky

Salesforce employees are so immersed in the fervor over their offerings and their unique workplace that they are nearly incredulous to learn that few people beyond the legions of customers using Salesforce's product have the faintest idea what the company does.

Salesforce employees are so immersed in the fervor over their offerings and their unique workplace that they are nearly incredulous to learn that few people beyond the legions of customers using Salesforce's product have the faintest idea what the company does.

Adam Lashinsky

Facebook can spend and talk endlessly to defend itself so long as it keeps printing money.

Facebook can spend and talk endlessly to defend itself so long as it keeps printing money.

Adam Lashinsky

I stopped using AIM years ago - I can't remember exactly when - and so its demise shouldn't mean much to me.

I stopped using AIM years ago - I can't remember exactly when - and so its demise shouldn't mean much to me.

Adam Lashinsky

I confess that, like public figures from bygone days or an entertainer that hadn't been heard from in eons, I didn't know AIM, as we all called it, still existed at all.

I confess that, like public figures from bygone days or an entertainer that hadn't been heard from in eons, I didn't know AIM, as we all called it, still existed at all.

Adam Lashinsky

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