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. 🙂