Speech by Dave Packard to HP Managers

Context In 1960 David Packard gave an informal speech to HP managers outlining his business philosophy. The timeless speech was not intended for publication. His son commented. During the corrosive debate over the Compaq merger, the HP leadership at the time persistently portrayed itself as doing exactly “what Dave Packard would have done.” As an antidote to this dubious clairvoyance, …

A Journey on the Information Highway by Evan Williams

Background Evan Williams co-founded Blogger in 1999, Odeo in 2004, Twitter in 2006, and Medium in 2012. This speech was originally delivered in September 2013 at XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Oregon. Speech Transcript Hi, friends. I want to talk to you today about the Internet just generally because I think I’ve figured it out. I have …

Just Do It by Art Williams

Background This speech was originally delivered by Art Williams at the 1987 National Religious Broadcaster Convention. This speech will inspire you never to give up. To always keep going forward and pushing harder until you make your dreams come true. Speech Transcript I was asked to talk to you about how to win in business. I think it’s a good …

This is Water by David Foster Wallace

Background This speech was originally delivered by David Foster Wallace as the 2005 commencement address at Kenyon College. The speech was made into a thin book titled This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life. Wallace hits on our need to manage rather than remove our core hard-wired human instincts. Speech Transcript Greetings …

Inventing on Principle by Bret Victor

Background This speech was originally delivered by Bret Victor at┬áCUSEC 2012. Bret Victor invents tools that enable people to understand and create. He has designed experimental UI concepts at Apple, interactive data graphics for Al Gore, and musical instruments at Alesis. Speech Transcript So, unlike the previous session, I don’t have any prizes to give out. I’m just going to …