xxii, 186 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
As Microsoft goes, so goes the industry. Marshall Phelps's remarkable eyewitness story offers lessons for any executive struggling with today's innovation and intellectual property challenges. "Burning the Ships" recounts Phelps's dramatic behind-the-scenes account of how he overcame internal resistance and got Microsoft to open up channels of collaboration with other firms. Discover the never-before-told details of Microsoft's secret two-year negotiations with Red Hat and Novell that led to the world's first intellectual property peace treaty and technical collaboration with the open source community. Witness the sometimes-nervous support Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer gave to Phelps in turning their company around 180 degrees from market bully to collaborative industry partner. And most of all, learn how intellectual property can be deployed by any firm to create high-value business opportunities and ensure success in today's new "open innovation" age. At the start of this decade, Microsoft was on the defensive--beset on all sides by anti-trust suits and costly litigation, and viewed by many in the technology industry as a monopolist and market bully. How was it going to survive and succeed in the emerging new era of "open innovation," where collaboration and cooperation between firms, rather than market conquest, would be the keystones of success?. This was the challenge facing Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates. But "like Cortez burning his ships at the shores of the New World," Gates decided to embrace the change. -- Source other than Library of Congress.
Formatted Contents Note
The collaboration imperative Like Cortez burning his ships Money isn't money anymore A very secret mission Leadership starts at the top The road ahead (with apologies to Bill Gates).