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Re: Another point about Mathematica 8.0

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  • Subject: [mg116522] Re: Another point about Mathematica 8.0
  • From: Armand Tamzarian <mike.honeychurch at>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 04:34:51 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <ijisqf$2ej$>

On Feb 17, 9:21 pm, Murray Eisenberg <mur... at> wrote:
> I vaguely recall the following, paraphrased, statement by Stephen
> Wolfram at one of the conferences his company organized. At one point,
> he brought in business people to run the business aspect of the company,
> and it was a big mistake. (He may even have said that was the only time
> the company didn't make a profit; that's the part I don't recall at all
> precisely.)

...and yet another company, with their business model parodied
elsewhere in this thread, did make the choice early in their evolution
to have business people run the company and as a result do 500 mill
business a year, have ~95% of the market, and have stretched their
(revenue) lead with every Mathematica version (i.e. as Mathematica
 got better its share decreased).

It comes back to the point of whether you want to maximize revenues or
do it your way. Private owners can make their own choices.

> On 2/16/2011 4:34 AM, AES wrote:
> > 3)  I don't think Wolfram is much interested in what my business mode=
> > for Mathematica would be (and that might be good judgement on their
> > part!).  But if they asked, I'd say that I'd like a tiered or modular
> > (or whatever you want to call it) approach where increasing more capabl=
> > versions of Mathematica were available at increasing price points --
> > just like most every other product in the marketplace.
> --
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