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Discovery Connections of Brokers

Creativity is just connecting things.

—STEVE JOBS

In February of 1995 Lawrence Levy became the new CFO of Pixar. When he arrived everyone was friendly, welcoming him and politely indicating they were glad he was there. But something wasn’t right. Pixar had been described to him as a fun, family-like environment, but Levy sensed that the people around him were being aloof. It didn’t take long to find out why. While having a conversation with Pam Kerwin, vice president at Pixar, she said, “I don’t envy you . . . I don’t think you really get what you’re up against.” Levy was confused. “Up against?” he asked. Kerwin’s ...

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