The Original Disruptor, Clayton Christensen, And VC Bill Hambrecht Talk About The Theory Of Disruption
Big fan of Bill Hambrecht. He hosting me at a tech conf in SF while I was an engineering undergrad at the WESTIN HOTEL. Love that hotel too.
Investment bankers Bill Hambrecht and Clayon Christensen took to the Disrupt SF stage today to defend the concepts of disruption and to address the ways the Valley predicted the future of financial services and technology.
Christensen is the author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and a lauded professor at the Harvard Business School. His writing on “disruption,” a concept he says the world has taken and modified, was recently the subject of a piece by Jill Lepore called “The Disruption Machine.” In it, she shows the “bad side” of disruption, although Christensen disagrees with her thesis.
“‘Disruption’ is, at its core, a really powerful idea,” he said. “Everyone hijacks the idea to do whatever they want now. It’s the same way people hijacked the word ‘paradigm’ to justify lame things they’re trying to sell to mankind. There wasn’t a way for Holiday Inn to go against the Four Seasons…
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