Chapter 1. Leadership: the CEO as DJ

 

THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO PARTIES, THE PARTY OF THE PAST AND THE PARTY OF THE FUTURE, THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THE MOVEMENT.

 
 --RALPH WALDO EMERSON, PHILOSOPHER

The ruthless ideas economy

Before 1970, few companies ever reached a market value over $100 million, and it was a sensation when in the 1980s computer company Compaq was valued after five years at $1 billion. Netscape started in 1994 and reached a market value of $1 billion. In just one year.

At its peak, Netscape Navigator dominated almost the whole market for web browsers, the software that made the web a commercial medium. Then on December 7 1995 software giant Microsoft finally decided that they too were an internet company. I remember that day because I ...

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