burkedroppings 0 Posted July 13, 2011 Share Posted July 13, 2011 Remember that scene in The Social Network when Sean Parker says, “A million dollars isn’t cool, you know what’s cool? A billion dollars.”?Well, we don’t think a billion dollars is all that cool either. You know what’s really cool? Making a hundred-year company.That’s a pretty big deal; not many companies make it anywhere close, but we sort of signed up for the task when we started talking about earning your lifetime trust. You plan on living a long time, right?So when we make any big decision, whether in fund-raising, or product design, or partnership strategy, we ask, “Would this make it more or less likely that we’ll be around in a hundred years?” And if the answer is less we don’t do it.I just referred to today's blogcast from EverNote CEO Phil Libin in a thread not many folks are likely to see. I'm seeking a larger audience because I think the CONSISTENT attitude of the leaders of this company is just exceptional. A focus on the customer's needs and on constantly striving to improve one's product is too often lost in the shuffle as startups with great potential go for the cash instead of for the opportunity to make the kind of difference that transcends profits.I'm very pleased with the product. I'm discarding hard copies of many documents I've held on to for decades. I'm trusting EverNote to live up to its promise and be around for 100 years, carefully porting my "stuff" into newer and better versions.I'm pretty sure that 100 years hence no one will be interested in a few gigabytes of information related to my personal life and times. But I hope I'm wrong; and I am affected by the fact that EverNote intends to keep my data intact just in case some descendant or stranger might stumble upon my notebooks and somehow find meaning.EverNote is offering immortality, isn't it? Thats quite a promise, Mr. Libin.Don't let us down. Link to comment
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