Video of the Week: Mike Moritz on Charlie Rose
William reminded me that I posted this interview to my tumblr a while back but it had never made it to AVC Video of the Week. So I went back to Charlie Rose's site and figured out how to embed it here. This is a great interview that everyone who reads AVC should watch.
At 35mins, the video turns to Charlie's talk with Aaron Levie. I have not watched that yet, but I plan to and I imagine it is pretty good too.
i still gotta work on a hack to be able to tag ALL web-embedded videos, to watch later on my big screen. This video, for example, is not supported by Plex or boxee bookmarklets.
Video formats are such a nightmare. Ask Reece about it.If something needs standardization, it’s that.
no shortage of people trying
in other news, former marquette and knick player dean “the dream” meminger has passed away.
rose tinted spectaclei find this format less and less watchable.
why do you say so?charlie rose is an amazing interviewer. i don’t think anyone i know of comes close to his level.
a consequence of avc and disqus. i expect to now be able to participate in the conversation.
And you totally can. Hit Aaron or Charlie up on Twitter while you watch it. Invite them here even.* Or @mention their Disqus handles.*** Not saying they’d join but always worth a shot.** Looks like this feature is disabled right now (Disqus @mentions of people not already in the conversation)
I watched that video twice actually, and was struck by the similarities between Mike Moritz thinking and Fred’s. It takes maturity and experience to be at that level.So many sound bites and keepers. Here’s just a few:- The germ of an idea doesn’t come out of business school. It comes out of a laboratory or experiment somewhere.- Re: Steve Jobs: “You can never take the boy out of the man. Spectacular communicator, exceptional salesman, strong disciplinarian. Hard to please. Most interesting person in the world”- We assume that tomorrow is not like yesterday, i.e. our previous success doesn’t ensure our future success.- You can have lots of different people attacking the same opportunity. It’s that very rare individual that flourishes over the long term.- A bubbly market can conceal all kinds of imperfections.- One of the reasons for companies not doing well in the long term, is when founders relinquish management to business people, and there are no more product founders.- There is nothing more invigorating than being on the board with younger folks where everybody is against them.
– One of the reasons for companies not doing well in the long term, is when founders relinquish management to business people, and there are no more product founders.I think that is an unavoidable part of the business process. And it ignores the fact that people don’t remain stable in their needs and wants over time and don’t have other influences that don’t exist in the early stages (family, health changes etc.) Almost like expecting that at 60 you have the same physical abilities as at 20. Not in the real world. Unavoidable. Will impact creativity no doubt as people get stale and lose excitement. At one point Arnold was in California with a Porsche. He is now in NYC with no car at all. Different times in his life (like with all of us not picking on Arnold here).In other words the product founders at the founding are not the same people years later. Even if they were in control years later.- You can have lots of different people attacking the same opportunity. It’s that very rare individual that flourishes over the long term.Is it the rare individual or the sperm that randomly hit given equal abilities among many with like qualities? Business is not sports. It’s not “who can run the fastest mile” and is not easily quantifiable in advance what will lead to outsized success.”- A bubbly market can conceal all kinds of imperfections.”In other words as the more common saying goes “a rising tide floats all boats”. (Ask the ponzi guys).
Re: you #1, did you get to the part where he says “Some of the most successful companies are still run by their founders, e.g. Larry Ellison.”
The fact that you can’t watch the video or the particularly awful phrasing of that sentence?
Does this work for you:http://www.charlierose.com/…
Never seen Aaron talk before. I think I understand why so many in the tech industry promote him now.It’s because he’s an enterprise leader who talks like a leader of a consumer company. Contrast with Steve Ballmer who leads a company doing a lot of the same things. Watching him is actually difficult because he doesn’t answer straight or eloquently. Aaron does, with energy. Not your old-hat enterprise company leader.
Watching him is actually difficult because he doesn’t answer straight or eloquently. He doesn’t really need to care what people think of him when he speaks in the manner that you are referring to. The people that he sells to are the people that he cares about. And he has hit it out of the park with those people no question about it. A great salesman and deal maker.I hate all the Ballmer bashing over the last few days. And all the “ballmer as a baffoon” that is going on. (Picking on the way he looks or the way he acts). Ballmer, no matter how you cut it and no matter what you think of Microsoft or Gates, has some serious abilities to be able to lead, grow or survive at Microsoft starting in 1980 .That was about 33 years ago.That’s a long time.Close to 80 billion in sales and close to 100,000 empoyees.What type of skill level does that take? Major. To just not sink or get run over. As opposed to a reporter who writes articles or opinion pieces or a blogger taking pot shots. Anyone can do that. Anyone can write a comment like I am writing right now. Takes no effort at all.We could go into all the advantages that Microsoft had to allow it to become Microsoft (starting with Gates mothers connection to John Opel of IBM on the Red Cross board) but the fact is they won the game of business and played it well for a long long time.  And is worth a lot of money. That was 5 years before Aron was born. Noting also that unlike Paul Allen or Wozniak Ballmer didn’t bail out and rest on his laurels or retire. I’m not a Microsoft fan but I recognize and admire a good game when I see it. People do the same with Trump. Who started construction of Trump Tower in NYC at about 33 years old (after completing other projects in his 20’s). A bit more difficult than a weekend hack. But why don’t we make fun of his hair and his boasting and his public image (which by the way has worked very well for him and was part of the plan no doubt).
glad nobody ever told me that software wasn’t for people over 30 …
does moritz blog?
ben evans has listed this interview in his latest newsletter. small world, or great minds think alike? i’ll ponder that one over my porridge.
love the last 3 sentences. it sums up a lot.