Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Nuts and Innovation

 Although we take the value of information technology for granted today, back then it was a radically new idea. The legendary management guru Peter Drucker said of his first meeting with [Thomas J.] Watson in the early 1930s, "He began talking about something called data processing, and it made absolutely no sense to me. I took it back and told my editor, and he said Watson was a nut, and threw the interview away.... But if there had been a Harvard Business Review (during the 1930s), it would have run stories about him, and he would've been considered a nut or a crank."

- From Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell

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