disruption

  • An Uber Valuation Comes With Uber Problems

    An Uber Valuation Comes With Uber Problems

    Parents like to say when it comes to raising kids, small kids, small problems; big kids, big problems. As Uber metastasizes into a transportation behemoth with a gargantuan $40B valuation, it’s learning a similar lesson: larger and more valuable companies face much bigger problems –and Uber, it seems, has become one big trouble magnet. Just this month alone, Uber was shut down in… Read More

  • The Path To Successful Digital Transformation Starts With Pockets Of Innovation

    The Path To Successful Digital Transformation Starts With Pockets Of Innovation

    I’ve been hearing about “Digital Transformation” for a couple of years now, and as I’ve wandered the halls of Web Summit this week in Dublin, I’ve heard lots of talk about how companies must transform and change the way they approach development and IT, while searching for innovative ways of doing business. But doing that remains daunting and scary for many… Read More

  • EMC Cloudscaling Purchase Is One More Attempt To Stay Relevant

    EMC Cloudscaling Purchase Is One More Attempt To Stay Relevant

    While rumors have been flying that EMC has been trying to execute a merger with fellow computing giant HP, it threw a bit of a curve this week when it bought cloud startup Cloudscaling. Just when you’re thinking EMC might be irrelevant, it makes a move that suggests the company is still forging ahead. While EMC is at its core a storage company, it owns lots of enterprise pieces and… Read More

  • HP Feeling The Sting Of Change

    HP Feeling The Sting Of Change

    Disruption is an overused word, these days, but even if you’re sick to death of hearing it, you can’t deny that change has swept over HP, a long-time enterprise stalwart, and it’s feeling the effects in a big way. By now you’ve heard that HP plans to spin its PC and printer division off into a separate company, while moving their corporate servers and services… Read More

  • Taking A Wait-And-See Approach With Disruptive Innovations

    Taking A Wait-And-See Approach With Disruptive Innovations

    There’s been quite the brouhaha lately about disruptive innovation. On one side is Harvard Prof. Clay Christensen (author of The Innovator’s Dilemma) and his long-prevailing theory about how disruptive innovation drives incumbents out of the market. On the other side is Jill Lepore and her attack of Christensen’s theory in The New Yorker. It’s an interesting issue… Read More

  • Christensen Vs. Lepore: A Matter Of Fact

    Christensen Vs. Lepore: A Matter Of Fact

    Nothing gets keyboards clicking like a good controversy. Recently Jill Lepore, a history professor at Harvard, published a fierce article in the New Yorker accusing another Harvard professor, Clayton Christensen, of being a quack. Lepore didn’t use that word, but she may as well have. Christensen is a business school professor renowned for his “Disruption Theory” about… Read More

  • Yo, Virginia, There Is A Cult Of Disruption

    Yo, Virginia, There Is A Cult Of Disruption

    Disruption. From frenzied investment pitches on Sand Hill Road to the name of the top conference for startups in Silicon Valley (i.e. the people who pay my bills), that word has become synonymous with everything and everyone creating innovation today. Read More

  • IBM Looks To The Cloud To Fight Disruption

    IBM Looks To The Cloud To Fight Disruption

    We are in an age of disruption and this is even more pronounced for a large technology company like IBM, but Big Blue finds itself in the position of having to reinvent itself yet again after surviving and even thriving through earlier technology transformations. Let’s not forget that IBM was once the king of mainframes, which was a great place to be until mainframes were marginalized… Read More

  • What “Disrupt” Really Means

    What “Disrupt” Really Means

    Editor’s note: Andy Rachleff is President and CEO of Wealthfront, an SEC-registered online financial advisor. Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley love to talk about disruption, though few know what it really means. They mistake better products for disruptive ones. Silicon Valley was built on a culture of designing products that are “better, cheaper, faster,” but that does not… Read More