RLA: HubSpot Gets Burned, 4 People Who Ruin Innovation, and Intel’s Failure

Sean Campbell
Authored bySean Campbell
Isa Gautschi
Authored byIsabel Gautschi

Tech Titan Tell Alls

Wouldn’t it be tight if everyone was chill to each other?”- Gryzzl motto, Parks and Recreation

Dan Lyons doesn’t mince words about HubSpot, describing the company as an “ocean of white kids in their 20s” in an office that’s a “cross between a kindergarten and a frat house” undergoing training talks “that start to sound like the brainwashing you get when you join a cult.”


Katelyn LaGarde is not drinking Zappo’s Holacracy/Teal Kool-Aid.

James Governor sums up Google’s Cloud Platform Next 2016 as “an event designed to show Google is serious about competing in the public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer.” Governor’s recap of the event is less than glowing and calls on the company to focus more on partners and ecosystem.

With new in-house designed infrastructure, Dropbox is now (mostly) liberated from having to run on the Amazon Cloud. Smart move or mistake?

Intel On Intel

Bad companies are destroyed by crises; good companies survive them; great companies are improved by them. – Andy Grove

“…our math says that if you have between 1,200 and 1,500 servers under management, you have sufficient scale to deliver an efficient private cloud,” Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, is quoted in The Next Platform’s “Intel Cultivates The Cloud Future It Predicts.”

Intel confirmed that it will terminate 12,000 jobs across the company. Some employees will be given the option of a buyout, others will be laid off. Since Intel is Oregon’s largest private employer, the Oregonian considers the implications of this decision on the state.

With the cancellation of Broxton and SoFIA, Intel appears to be leaving the smartphone market for the time being.


If you suspect your computer is untrustworthy, smash a radio in front of it with a hammer to send it a message.” –The Onion

Verizon has released a Data Breach Digest which gives views “from the field” of 18 “real-world cyber investigations.”

“Job one is to get the job done. In a new industry, things will get done without security. Security plays second fiddle,” Linux Founder Linus Torvalds says of the Internet of Things.

Human Error

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. – Oscar Wilde

Managed service providers may be shorting themselves with needlessly low prices, but 2112 Group Founder & CEO Larry Walsh says that’s merely a symptom of a larger problem.

The hypemaster, the snob, the denier, and the chameleon are the four people ruining innovation according to JP Nichols in this snarky field guide. Their natural habitats are pretty funny.

“Clearly a company’s data no longer lives in one internal database,” writes Bolt. After reading their piece on data fragmentation, that sounds like a big understatement.

Careless people can and often do throw off survey results. However, a new study may have uncovered some answers on how to make sure respondents pay attention to instructions.

Bonus Round

The standout articles that didn’t fit in other categories.

According to a recent study, free food is a more common job perk than health or dental insurance for 18-29 year-olds polled in the U.S.

Drift CEO David Cancel shares what he looks for when hiring a product manager. (Spoiler: In Cancel’s view, experience as a product manager is more of a detriment than an asset.)

A new study found that the “rank that consumers assign to a brand relative to the other brands they use” is a more accurate predictor of share of wallet than customer loyalty.

Unicorns abound: there are 229 of them “with $175B in funding and $1.3T valuation.” You’re mostly likely to spot these mythological creatures in California.

Corporate tech giants are racing to acquire artificial intelligence startups.

Scott Brinker fit 3,874 solutions in his 2016 Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic.

Big data just keeps getting bigger. Check out Forbes succinct roundup of experts’ predictions for the field.

In remembering legendary Intel CEO Andy Grove, Stratechery draws some interesting comparisons between Grove’s ingenuity with launching the Celeron processor in 1998 and Apple’s recent release of the iPhone SE.

The Read Like an Analyst (RLA) roundup is curated by Cascade Insights analysts Philippe Boutros, Colleen Clancy, Jacob Dittmer, Harrison May, CEO Sean Campbell, and President & CTO Scott Swigart. It is written and edited by Marketing Assistant Isabel Gautschi with Sean serving as editor-in-chief.

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