No, the problem runs deeper: HP is not really a company. It is a patchwork of people and products thrown together by a succession of leaders. The company has no clear identity, no unifying purpose — and a demoralized and battered workforce.
I am always fascinated when I see the latest Apple products. Apple has managed to achieve what I never achieved: using the power of their products to persuade people to queue to buy them. For me, I had to queue to receive food at the end of World War II. That’s quite a change.
In the 1950’s photography could rightly be a provocative act. Being photographed was an event not a default setting.
When it comes to startups, a lot is made of startup’s founders, the market opportunities, its advisers and the team. Of course, there is chest thumping around investors and dollars raised. Yes, those are important issues, but let’s not forget that timing is everything.