But why look at IBM alone? Check out the folks behind Alfresco, most of whom were leaders at Documentum, Business Objects, and other ECM vendors. How about the folks leading Red Hat and JBoss today, many of whom worked at IBM, Dell, HP, Sun, and Oracle? Or consider SpringSource management, whose resumes read like a laundry list of middleware vendors.
Far from "exposure to the traditional way of operating" hindering one's ability to disrupt an industry, this history provides the insight that helps convert a disruptive idea into a compelling business.
I do agree with Zack on the following point:
Maybe you need to have different wiring to disrupt a business
Yes, you need different wiring. But that has nothing to do with your employment history.
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