“Companies that successfully scale up agile see major changes in their business. Scaling up shifts the mix of work so that the business is doing more innovation relative to routine operations. The business is better able to read changing conditions and priorities, develop adaptive solutions, and avoid the constant crises that so frequently hit traditional hierarchies. Disruptive innovations will come to feel less disruptive and more like adaptive business as usual.”
“The agile workplace is becoming increasingly common. In aÂ McKinsey surveyÂ of more than 2,500 people across company sizes, functional specialties, industries, regions, and tenures, 37 percent of respondents said their organizations are carrying out company-wide agile transformations, and another 4 percent said their companies have fully implemented such transformations.”
“I regard intelligence as made up of tangible, mechanical and ultimately understandable processes.”
”Â But, paradoxically, the company has found that the best way to get people at a distributedÂ company to work effectively together is to occasionally bring them to the same place.”
âFor a company of this size like Bitmain, itâs probably going to get a better valuation on a huge deal like this in the traditional markets than in an ICO, especially in todayâs market.”
Bitmain, the worldâs largest cryptocurrency mining company, is planning to pursue an initial public offering in Hong Kong, one of the first major instances where the traditional capital markets and the newer cryptocurrency world will collide.
“The developers behind distributed ledgers, however, often talk as if governance is something they are beyond. They are not. Computer code is just a set of rules. Code is governance. And it can change. Take bitcoin: if a supermajority of the computers running the bitcoin distributed ledger run an upgrade, the upgrade becomes the new code. But behind each computer is a human, making decisions. Distributed-ledger developers talk about a consensus-driven model, where you improve the system by bringing everyone on board. So do central bankers.”
âIf there is actually an elephant in the room, you as a human would likely notice it,â said Rosenfeld. âThe system didnât even detect its presence.â
“The Pentagon would like a single cloud vendor to build out its enterprise cloud, believing rightly or wrongly that this is the best approach to maintain focus and control of their cloud strategy.”
By now youâve probably heard of the Defense Departmentâs massive winner-take-all $10 billion cloud contract dubbed the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (or JEDI for short). Star Wars references aside, this contract is huge, even by government standards.The Pentagon would like a sâ¦
“But what if the companyâs goal was never to unleash the disrupter itself so much as to encourage incumbent broadband providers to do so, helping Googleâs expansion in adjacent markets such as video and emerging markets including smart homes?
Seen through that lens, Google Fiber succeeded wildly. It stimulated the incumbents to accelerate their own infrastructure investments by several years. ”