Turnaround Expert, But Which Way?
Marc Andreessen (spell that last name three times fast!), one of the founders
of Netscape and considered the father of the browser, recently published a quick
tutorial to turning big companies around. I came across the item on
I was ready to skewer Mr. Andreessen (when I covered Netscape, I had Andreessen's
name on a hot key so I wouldn't screw it up) because his company got thoroughly
clobbered by Microsoft. Who is he to give turnaround advice?
But before I criticize a major industry figure (who can sue me without checking
his bank balance), I like to do a little research.
It turns out (cut/paste) Andreessen (end paste) is a winner. Netscape, even
in its weakened state, sold for $4.5 billion to AOL and Sun. After Netscape,
(cut/paste) Andreessen (end paste) started Loudcloud. He sold the Loudcloud
hosting business to EDS and used to rest to form what is now Opsware. Opsware
sales have nearly doubled every year for the past four years, though it's still
What really deflated my plans to rip (cut/paste) Andreessen (end paste) apart
is the fact that this advice is rather excellent (damn you, [cut/paste] Andreessen
In his blog, (cut/paste) Andreessen (end paste) advises large company CEOs
- Stop talking to the press and figure out the company's problems.
- Once you have them figured out, announce your new strategy and then stop
talking to the press again.
He also advises making layoffs fast and deep, and putting your best people
on the most important projects. Here's
Posted by Doug Barney on June 25, 2007 at 11:52 AM