The Virtues of Going Private

Recent headline on Techcrunch: Blackberry Considering Going Private, following Dell in bid to refocus

I’m not surprised. Having spent four years at a public tech company, I’ve seen first hand that the public markets can be disastrous for innovation. The concept of taking big risks to achieve greater long term rewards is inherently opposed to creating short term shareholder value in the eyes of investors and media. It will be interesting to see how behemoth Apple continues to innovate and take risks now that its market cap is enormous. There are already signs from the Board at Apple that innovation is slowing.

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