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Beschreibung

Dave Hitz likes to solve fun problems. He didn’t set out to be a Silicon Valley icon, a business visionary, or even a billionaire. But he became all three. It turns out that business is a mosaic of interesting puzzles like managing risk, developing and reversing strategies, and looking into the future by deconstructing the past.

As a founder of NetApp, a data storage firm that began as an idea scribbled on a placemat and now takes in $4 billion a year, Hitz has seen his company go through every major cycle in business—from the Jack-of-All-Trades mentality of a start-up, through the tumultuous period of the IPO and the dot-com bust, and finally to a mature enterprise company. NetApp is one of the fastest-growing computer companies ever, and for six years in a row it has been on Fortune magazine’s list of Best Companies to Work For. Not bad for a high school dropout who began his business career selling his blood for money and typing the names of diseases onto index cards.

With colorful examples and anecdotes, How to Castrate a Bull is a story for everyone interested in understanding business, the reasons why companies succeed and fail, and how powerful lessons often come from strange and unexpected places.

Dave Hitz co-founded NetApp in 1992 with James Lau and Michael Malcolm. He served as a programmer, marketing evangelist, technical architect, and vice president of engineering. Presently, he is responsible for future strategy and direction for the company. Before his career in Silicon Valley, Dave worked as a cowboy, where he got valuable management experience by herding, branding, and castrating cattle.

Dave Hitz co-founded NetApp in 1992 with James Lau and Michael Malcolm. He served as a programmer, marketing evangelist, technical architect, and vice president of engineering. Currently, he focuses on future strategy and setting the direction for the company.

Pat Walsh is the founding editor of MacAdam/Cage, a publisher of literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Autorentext

Dave Hitz co-founded NetApp in 1992 with James Lau and Michael Malcolm. He served as a programmer, marketing evangelist, technical architect, and vice president of engineering. Currently, he focuses on future strategy and setting the direction for the company.

Pat Walsh is the founding editor of MacAdam/Cage, a publisher of literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.



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Praise for How to Castrate a Bull

"Dave Hitz brings a colorful, refractive prism to the views of CEO success. His work is a uniqueand delightfullook at how successful CEOs should manage risk, deal with failure, and conceive success."
Bill McDermott president and CEO, global f ield operations, and executive board member, SAP AG

"This is the real inside story of a one-in-a-billion, against-all-odds success that will prove to be a classic 'how to' book for generations to come. The overt and covert lessons are astounding, and a superb contradiction to today's endless tales of corporate dirtbags. Hitz has proven that good guys can winwithout the need to lie, cheat, and steal. If there has ever been a better example of a cohesive management team than NetApp, I don't know what it is."
Steve Duplessie founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

"Engaging and insightful. Hitz brings to life the behind-the-scenes dynamics of a high-growth technology company. A must-read for tech company executives."
Warren Adelman president and COO, GoDaddy.com

"An authentic and witty chronicle of an iconic Silicon Valley company, covering all aspects of starting and growing a successful enterprise. Filled with important and useful information delivered with insight and humor, with clear prose and memorable stories to illustrate key lessons for anyone interested in starting a company or understanding how Silicon Valley really works."
Chuck Holloway Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Professor of Management, emeritus, and co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford Graduate School of Business



Zusammenfassung
Dave Hitz likes to solve fun problems. He didn't set out to be a Silicon Valley icon, a business visionary, or even a billionaire. But he became all three. It turns out that business is a mosaic of interesting puzzles like managing risk, developing and reversing strategies, and looking into the future by deconstructing the past.

As a founder of NetApp, a data storage firm that began as an idea scribbled on a placemat and now takes in $4 billion a year, Hitz has seen his company go through every major cycle in businessfrom the Jack-of-All-Trades mentality of a start-up, through the tumultuous period of the IPO and the dot-com bust, and finally to a mature enterprise company. NetApp is one of the fastest-growing computer companies ever, and for six years in a row it has been on Fortune magazine's list of Best Companies to Work For. Not bad for a high school dropout who began his business career selling his blood for money and typing the names of diseases onto index cards.

With colorful examples and anecdotes, How to Castrate a Bull is a story for everyone interested in understanding business, the reasons why companies succeed and fail, and how powerful lessons often come from strange and unexpected places.

Dave Hitz co-founded NetApp in 1992 with James Lau and Michael Malcolm. He served as a programmer, marketing evangelist, technical architect, and vice president of engineering. Presently, he is responsible for future strategy and direction for the company. Before his career in Silicon Valley, Dave worked as a cowboy, where he got valuable management experience by herding, branding, and castrating cattle.



Inhalt
PART ONE: Beginnings.

1. Before NetApp On Computers, Colleges, Castration, and Risk.

Interlude: What NetApp Does.

2. Starting NetApp On Toasters, Angels, Resellers, and Ferraris.

Interlude: Redundant Array of Pyramid Hieroglyphics (RAPH).

3. CEO Lessons On Pixie Dust, Decision Making, Candor, and Going Public.

Interlude: Tom Mendoza's Lessons on Public Speaking.

PART TWO: Turbulent Adolescence.

4. Hypergrowth On Goals, Doubling, Ancestors, and Pain.

Interlude: How to Fail in Executive Staff Presentations.

5. Values and Culture On Dilbert, Drooling, Lies, and Game Theory.

Interlude: Lawyers Aren't Evil Fairness and Morality Are Not Their Job.

6. Managing Engineers On Development, Consensus, Doctor Death, and Magic.

Interlude: Scientific-Truth and Useful-Truth.

PART THREE: Grown-Up Company.

7. Customers On Love, Enterprise, Simplicity, and Partners.

Interlude: Shark Island A Parable of Risk and Mass Media.

8. Strategic Change On Reversing Course, Chocolate, Debates, and Core Beliefs.

Interlude: Speckled-Egg Thinking.

9. Vision On Whining, Eras, Future History, and the Meaning of Life.

Appendix A. Early NetApp Business Plan.

Appendix B. NetApp Company Values.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: How to Castrate a Bull
Untertitel: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business
Autor:
EAN: 9780470442661
ISBN: 978-0-470-44266-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Jossey-Bass
Genre: Management
Anzahl Seiten: 208
Veröffentlichung: 22.12.2008
Jahr: 2008
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.5 MB