An HP Engineer Speaks

March 6, 2005 at 11:30 am | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Here’s an article from the MIT Technology Review about Carly Fiorina’s tenure at HP from an engineers point of view. It is a pretty damning account of her leadership to be likened to a Communist bureaucrat – so much so that the engineer was willing to give up 28 years of seniority to find better work.

To me, this rabid fixation on short-term profits is a bigger threat than outsourcing — it is killing our ability to make astonishing things.

It’s not just HP, it’s the way American CEO’s modelled after Gordon Gekko view basic technology research as a liability rather than an opportunity. Such thinking took over and nearly destroyed a Silicon Valley icon.

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