Friday, March 11, 2011

corporate value system

"Just in case anyone is in danger of forgetting this, the secret to remaining ahead of the pack is not 'Get Fat.' It's 'Stay Hungry.' Creativity doesn't happen without a few constraints. That's why wise use of resources has been a business tradition at Microsoft since the early days, when, to be perfectly honest, there wasn't much choice in the matter. But it remains our practice today, for the simple reason that when you start leaning on your wealth instead of living by your wits, you're in real danger of losing your edge."
- From a 2000 Microsoft 25th Anniversary publication, which also contains the phrase "Excess destroys success."

In 2005, Steve Jobs extolled the virtues of staying hungry here.