Posts by gideongartner

Trade-Secret Witch Hunt?

Trade-Secret Witch Hunt?

IBM vs. Gartner During the 1980s, Part 2   Several months passed  after having spoken to IBM’s Don Otis I received another critical phone call, this time an indirect call from Ron Rolfe of Cravath Swaine and Moore, IBM’s counsel and the acknowledged heavy hitter of the entire U.S.’s legal profession! So once again the lawyers were getting into the act, always persistent, always...

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“Know the Most About a Little”

“Know the Most About a Little”

IBM vs. Gartner During the 1980s, Part 1   After leaving Oppenheimer to create, launch and manage Gartner Group in 1979, I continued to personally write and publish about the IBM Corporation — just as I had done previously for my financial buy-side clients (banks, insurance companies, et al.). Forbes quoted me in 1972: “there is nothing IBM does that fails to impact every aspect...

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MUSIC: An Open Letter to Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall

In March of 2010 I wrote a post called Innovation Often Redesigns the Status Quo: Musicin which I wrote about my frustration with the “program notes” passed out at classical concerts and my appreciated but unused reformatting of these notes. Today I would like to share a letter I wrote, but never sent to Clive Gillinson, British Chief Honcho of Carnegie Hall, about a year ago further...

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Advisory Industry – Its Future

I’m copying a public post by Phil Fersht, adding a few minor edits and comments below.  Phil asked the question: “Are the days of the traditional industry analyst firms numbered?” and offered his doubts to the public (in some detail). Perhaps his conclusions were overstated, but perhaps not; some version of today’s Advisories will undoubtedly survive. But the comments seem to...

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Israel Might Be The Third Country to Reach the Moon!

Israel Might Be The Third Country to Reach the Moon!

Recently, my wife and I hosted a party at our apartment in NYC, which was celebrating a small team which might fulfill Israel’s desire to reach the moon, in competition with much larger nations! A video of the party can be found below: The competition was all Google’s idea: for countries to enroll  in order to reinvigorate space research! The Google competition is called Lunar X...

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Genius Economist Suggests Solution to Housing Problem

Genius Economist Suggests Solution to Housing Problem

John Geanakoplos, professor of economics at Yale, believes the government's plan to stem the wave of foreclosures by reducing interest payments, does not address the foreclosure problem. Instead, he proposes that banks and bondholders write down principal far enough to give homeowners some (or more) equity in their homes, which will encourage them to start paying their mortgages again and avoid future defaults.

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Israel May Be Exposed To Nasty Iinternational Pressure

Israel May Be Exposed To Nasty Iinternational Pressure

In the New York Times, early this June 2011, David Brooks wrote about the depraved Middle East.  Syria has been a state sponsor of terror for 30 years, with habitual torture techniques (I won’t go into the sordid details).  During the past few weeks Hassad has killed more than 1,000 protestors and jailed over 10,000.  This is one of the most depraved regimes ever, yet Israel is being...

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Which Executive Education School Is Tops?

Which Executive Education School Is Tops?

Interestingly, executive education rankings by various publications produce results which seem all over the map. In fact, the results within each one of these publications may very wildly from year to year. My general news Bible happens to be the Financial Times (FT). FYI, in 2011 Harvard was #4, IMD #5, Columbia #17, Stanford #32, UCLA #36, and my alma mater MIT Sloan, #54! This seems...

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Robert Reich’s Straight Talk in June 2, 2011 Financial Times

Robert Reich’s Straight Talk in June 2, 2011 Financial Times

The U.S. economy. was supposed to improve by late Spring, it has not yet moved fast enough to improve employment. Housing $s continue to fall faster than in our Great Depression; where demand is concerned, there’s little, with Europe debt + Japan’s tragedy + China’s tightening, all reducing demand. The Fed stimulus has run its course and starved states continue to cut. Democrats...

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Worst Classical Music Publication in the World?

Worst Classical Music Publication in the World?

The once prominent ‘BBC Music Magazine’ let me down in its April issue. Its cover feature, called “The 20 Greatest Conductors of All Time,” was beyond disappointing. Being a classical music jockey I could not wait to read the results. I was eager to perhaps discover what method could possibly allow any publication to define the variables which make for great...

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