Posted by: seanmalstrom | January 28, 2020

On the passing of Clayton Christensen…

I’m late in posting it, but here it is.

I’m not alone in acknowledging the personal impact Clay had. In the days since his death, the internet has been flooded with people sharing memories of how Clay had profoundly influenced them. As has been widely noted, an entire generation of Silicon Valley legends owes its success, in part, to Clay’s theories. The only business book that Steve Jobs had on his bookshelf was The Innovator’s Dilemma. Intel’s Andy Grove, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Netflix’s Reed Hastings have all spoken about the profound influence of Clay’s work. We once made the rough estimation that Clay’s theories have helped create entirely new industries and led to billions of dollars in revenue, hundreds of companies, hundreds of thousands of jobs.

 


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