Monday, October 15, 2007

Ed Catmull on Successful Companies

"Why do successful companies fail?" "What's more important, good people or good ideas?"

Here, courtesy of the Thinking Animation blog and Alan Cook, is a January 2007 speech by Pixar President Ed Catmull on why companies succeed and fail. It's lengthy (54 minutes) and will be more interesting to professionals than to students, mainly because professionals have all worked at companies that haven't lived up to their potential. Pixar is doing something right and Catmull is perceptive, thoughtful and articulate about what he sees as necessary for successful companies and the dangers that they face. Listen to it here.


Tony C. said...

This is fantastic and applies to ANY business. There is a reason why Mr. Catmull has been so successful.

Thanks for posting this!

Dagan Moriarty said...

Thank you so much for sharing this... :)

Dr. Catmull is a TREMENDOUS inspiration!