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Why Slack’s Lawsuit vs. Microsoft Will Backfire | Ammirati on Innovation

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Each month, “Ammirati on Innovation” episodes will look at ways that the disruptive-startup mentality is spreading beyond young entrepreneurs to big established corporations. Serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Carnegie Mellon B-school professor Sean Ammirati, who sits at the intersection of these high-change dynamics, provides insight.

Episode 15

The Big Themes:

  • Slack’s New York Times ad begins, “Dear Microsoft, big news and congratulations on today’s announcements. We’re genuinely excited to have some competition.”
  • The ad reeks of arrogance. And Slack is saying to the European Union, “it’s just not fair the way Microsoft is treating us.”
  • It’s time for Slack to be part of a different enterprise company, and maybe it’s Oracle, Salesforce – or maybe Microsoft will have pity on them and gobble them up.
  • The cloud space is only going to get more interesting over the next 12 months, as we rush to reinvent these industries and businesses and reimagine them.
  • Slack and Microsoft Teams are not anywhere near the same. Sean says, “when I get a Teams link from a company that I’m working with, I grimace. It’s an absolutely terrible product.”

The Big Quote: “The sad reality is Slack is worth more inside somebody else’s enterprise today than it is alone.”

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