In the 80’s Kodak thought it was invincible. It was a worldwide brand and it owned its space.
Kodak used to be the great inventor.
In 1900, it unveiled the Box Brownie camera. "You push the button, we do the rest," ran the advertising campaign.
Kodachrome film, the standard for movie-makers as well as generations of still photographers because of its incredible definition and archival longevity, was introduced in 1936 and only went out of production 2009.
And we must remember the innovative Instamatic, the camera with the little cartridges of film that spared people the fumbling of trying to get film to spool properly. Between 1963 and 1970 the company sold 50 million of those.
In the 1990’s Kodak invested heavily in developing digital picture-taking technology, but it held back from developing digital cameras for fear of killing its all-important film business.
For Kodak's leaders, going digital meant killing film, smashing the company's golden egg to make way for the new.
And it couldn’t make itself take this step.
In 2012 Kodak filed for bankruptcy.
If you are afraid to innovate your current business model into redundancy, then you are at risk because someone else will.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of these people who loves failure.
Challenges are a daily phenomenon for the entrepreneur.
Heaven is not wanting to be anywhere else.
That brings out our best.
We’ve all heard the statement, the ends justifies the means.
If you want to do anything extraordinary, it’s likely that you’re going to need to break some rules.
Sometimes, I don’t have anything to add.