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How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business by Pat Walsh, Dave Hitz

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Part III. GROWN-UP COMPANY

Two books deeply influenced my strategic thinking about how companies mature: The Innovator's Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen, and Inside the Tornado, by Geoffrey Moore. You should still read them, even though I share some key lessons here.

The Innovator's Dilemma was a revelation to me because it so clearly explained strategic issues that we faced at NetApp. The book explores the observation that low-end technologies tend to move upmarket and outperform high-end technologies. Mainframes were the original high-end computer: very large, fast, and reliable, but also very expensive. At first, UNIX was for desktop workstations, but over time computers running UNIX replaced mainframes in many large companies. Then Microsoft ...

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