Man, I hate to say it- nah, screw that, I’m cracking up right now actually, but hubris sure is a bad thing to have in the competetive corporate world. Take for example Intel- AMD came up behind them, and sucker-punched them with the Athlon, then there’s nVidia who is now doing much better after getting beaten up by ATI. Oh, lastly, remember… oh what’s their name… oh yeah, 3Dfx? They never did recover from their arrogance when nVidia took over.
Now, let’s fast forward to today. Netflix is a great company to their customers, but man.. that hubris that is mentioned above was everywhere. I remembering talking with numerous co-workers (including my old boss) saying how ‘we’ (when I was working there) need to keep a eye on Apple. I argued that while no one really wants to watch a movie on a iPod, the video iPod was only created to see what the market is like, and since so many people already have a normal iPod, they can leverage iTunes to start selling movies. Sadly, my view wasn’t even considered, and I got balked at. Well, guess what Sherlock? Apple now owns 90% of the pay movie market. Oops.
Now, I know I was just a nobody working at a big company, and given enough people, someone is bound to be right (take for example people that have predicted earthquakes). I may be one of those people, but it still gives me a chuckle.