The a**h*liness of companies

When I look at some ongoing events in tech, I see companies having the same characters as in real-life. To me, this is very revealing – and you should understand this as well…

Disclaimer: I know a lot of people within at least one of the organizations I am referring to in this posting. I expressively don’t accuse them or say anything about their integrity, I totally accept their choice of employer, I actually respect the companies I am referring to – and I am not too sure, if I would behave in a different way when being in the same situation.

Example 1: Trump vs. TikTok

Trump hates TikTok. Trump wants TikTok to either disappear or become a controllable entity. So he issues an order and suggests its parent company ByteDance should sell it off. To Microsoft. And they happily see a chance there, they don’t think of any consequences or implications – they just see the chance to take over a successful platform for a bargain. The same is true for Twitter.

If it would be humans, I would know how to call them: Opportunistic. And if it would be humans, I would be ashamed to be associated with them.

Example 2: Epic vs. Apple and Google

Epic hates paying AppStore-fees to Apple and Google. So they circumvent them, get thrown out of the stores due to breaking of rules. Then they sue Apple and Google with pre-prepared paperwork and present themselves as the ones fighting for freedom and independence. Truth is: It’s only about earning more money, not contributing back and not following the rules.

During congressional hearings, other companies behave the same way (i.e. Microsoft…). They deliberately ignore the fact that Apple and Google created their ecosystems and own them. They perhaps even try to make us forget about their own failures.

If it would be humans, I would know how to call them: Egoistic a**h*les. And if it would be humans, I would be ashamed to be associated with them.

The question is: Are we doing any better?

Well, frankly: I doubt it. We’re talking about business and companies, not humans. If organiuations want to grow, they usually need to do that by fighting against other organization, by being opportunistic and by eliminating their competition.

The point I am trying to make is this: Companies tend to care only about themselves, regardless of which image they might give themselves. You don’t become huge without becoming an a**h*le. Period.

So keep that in mind when doing your next purchasing decision or when fanboying a company.

To them, the only thing that matters is business and profit, not being a remarkebly “nice” organization. Because “nice” turns into “niche” quite simply – and “niche” implies failure. At least to them.

Just wanted you to understand this.

PS: Thanks to Michael for pointing out that TikTok belongs to ByteDance and not Tencent. 🙂

A symbol of freedom

To me, things as the channel tunnel are signs of freedom and peace. We should never forget how the world looked like 75 years ago.

Having this in mind, I enjoy doing business as a German in each European county, regardless of being a member of EU or not. And especially I enjoy doing business and meeting awesome people in the UK, where I’ll stay until sunday.

#europe #peace #business #ceo #cloud #cloudnative #cloudexcellence

Life at Cloudibility (I): Additional vacation days for everyone

Cloudibility-Logo-SquareToday, we decided to grant every employee of Cloudibility up to five additional vacation days in two years. Only condition: The management needs to agree on this and in order to agree, the employee needs to agree to produce some output within these additional vacation days which we (Cloudibility) can use in our marketing or publications.

Such an output could be some photos containing the employee wearing some Cloudibility Shirt and – say – the Colosseum in Rome or some employees running atop the Great Chinese Wall or a Publication. We don’t impose any limits here, as long as we can use it in the end.

So, Cloudibility Employees: Surprise us! Get creative! Go, have some fun!

And, besides: If you want to be a part of Cloudibility, just contact me.