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Pervasive Disruption? - Silicon Valley's Unbounded Ambitions

The pattern couldn't be more clear. Each major phase of IT industry progress has been led by a new generation of firms. Although a few companies - especially IBM, HP and Apple - have played important roles in multiple IT eras, the value of starting with a clean sheet of paper has consistently outweighed the advantages of established company size and resources.

The focus for this paper are three broad patterns - ongoing generational change, an increasingly powerful Silicon Valley and the shift from horizontal to vertical disruptions. Will these forces continue to strengthen, or is the rate of change being over-hyped? There are few bigger questions facing new and established firms alike.

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Position Paper

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