Tag Archives: Smart or Lucky?

January 29, 2018

Can we predict the success of emerging technologies?

It is ironic that with so many emerging companies and emerging technology trends there is really nothing new under the sun. While new products and new companies are everywhere, many of the emerging technologies are built on technology frameworks that were initially developed decades ago. In fact, the most interesting emerging products that I evaluated […]

November 29, 2016

Can Open Source Companies Be Successful?

Open source is dramatically changing the IT landscape on many levels. For example, open source helps existing software companies jump-start their entry into new markets. Rather than trying to convince customers and partners to adopt a proprietary platform, creating an offering on open source platforms allows users to leverage tools they are familiar with. In […]

April 23, 2012

Is Facebook Responsible… for Security?

A few weeks ago I wrote a guest blog on Harvard Business Review’s Online site. The blog which is linked to below basically explains what happened to me when my Facebook account was hacked.  One day after this article appeared I received the following message from “Barry” at Facebook: After reviewing this report, we determined […]

October 20, 2011

What does it mean to transform the customer experience?

When I started working on my latest book, Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success, I thought a lot about what makes one company sustain itself over decades while other companies fade away.  What does innovation really mean and how does it happen? Innovation is not an easy achievement. Many companies that […]

October 11, 2011

Can HP survive its DNA?

This blog was originally published in Harvard Business Review I remember attending a Hewlett-Packard meeting for industry analysts in the early 1990s and hearing HP proudly declare that it was becoming a software company. Software had turned into a stronger driver of revenue in the computer industry than hardware, and HP management had realized that […]

May 24, 2011

What Three Smart Moves Brought LinkedIn This Far?

The following is a guest blog that I wrote for the Harvard Business Review. I joined LinkedIn in 2007. I can’t remember why. After connecting to a few dozen people, I still couldn’t fathom what the purpose of LinkedIn was, especially for an already-established professional. Yes, I knew these people, but to what end were […]

May 23, 2011

Can Hewlett Packard Make its Own Luck?

The following is a guest blog that I wrote for the Harvard Business Review. HP finds itself in a complicated position. While the technology giant’s second-quarter revenue increased by 3%, its relatively new CEO, Leo Apotheker, was forced to lower the forecast for revenue for the fiscal year. He blamed the Japan earthquake, the anemic […]

May 16, 2011

Can the Power of Open Source Change Industry Dynamics?

After spending two days at the Red Hat Summit last week, I started thinking about the power of open source software and how it has transformed the software industry. When I was writing my new book, Smart or Lucky, How Technology Leaders Turn Change into Success, I analyzed the success and failures of companies that […]