[rescue] Slightly OT: Bad Cap Saga

Phil Stracchino alaric at metrocast.net
Tue Aug 19 08:27:58 CDT 2008

Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 08:49:37AM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>> I've thought that myself for a long time now.  The day you put the
>> future of a company in the hands of modern-day stockbrokers,
>> shareholders and stockholders, it's doomed.  Just like HP, which didn't
>> take a year after Bill and Dave died to make a dive for the drain.  It's
>> just a matter of time.  If you want a company to last, build it slowly
>> and keep it privately held.
> Not really. From what I understand HP is alive and well as Aligent.

Agilent.  :)  Yes, Agilent quite smartly managed to dodge the flaming
death of HP, and make the "HP" stockholders think they'd gotten the best
of the deal.

> It's the whole point of this discussion. I was presenting the point of
> view (which I don't really believe in BTW) of building products the 
> post Fiorina HP way, versus Aligent which continued doing things 
> the "Bill and Dave" HP way.

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