• 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

  • Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter and Square, Delivers His Keynote

    Jack Dorsey: We Need Revolution, Not Disruption

    “We probably need to change the name of this conference,” Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey said today from the stage of TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. As much as we love this conference, the media — and everyone else for that matter — tends to overuse the word “disrupt” when talking about the potential change inherent in technology. It tends to… Read More

  • Fred Wilson On Disruption: "You Can't Stop What People Ultimately Want To Have Happen"

    New York’s Internet Week featured a panel discussion with Union Square’s Fred Wilson, Hunch’s Chris Dixon and SV Angel’s David Lee. We took a camera to the event and have been posting excerpts all week. In this outtake – the three dive into a discussion about disruption. Read More