Dear Silicon Valley: Stop saying stupid stuff

“Disruption” isn’t the same as “stupid,” but they sometimes sound similar. At least, they do when uttered by a certain strain of Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

This thought struck me while listening to a Valley exec at an enterprise software conference. He stumbled through PowerPoint (“How do you people use this app? I’m a Keynote guy”), agonized over how he could “possibly get used to Exchange after running his startup on Gmail” (his company had recently been acquired by a large software vendor), and generally made it clear that he had no idea how real companies work.

He lives in a bubble that has drones delivering tacos to those not already subsisting on Soylent. He wants to change enterprise computing, but he clearly has no appreciation for the challenges facing enterprises mired in decades of technical debt.

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