Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Way of Strategy (4): Always Know When to Infuriate the Opposition

"All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. ... When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are near. ... Offer the enemy a bait to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. .. When he concentrates, prepare against him; where he is strong, avoid him. ..Anger his general and confuse him. ... Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. ... Keep him under a strain and wear him down. ... When he is united, divide him. Attack where he is unprepared; sally out when he does not expect you. ..." - Art of War 1 (Griffith translation)

What is the true intent of the Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci?


CE-Oh no he didn't!
Part LXI: Acer chief says Japanese PC companies "the weakest today"

by Nilay Patel, posted Jul 7th 2009 at 8:39PM

We're pretty sure we've heard Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci say PC industry consolidation resulting in fewer players and lower component prices would be a good thing before, but he dressed it with a side of smackdown today: speaking to the New York Times, he said that Toshiba and Sony's PC businesses would the first targets, since "the Japanese for sure are the weakest today." Ouch. It's especially harsh since Sony just broke down and released its first netbook this morning after claiming that the low-cost machines were a downward spiral, but that wasn't enough blood for Gianfranco: he also said that ASUS and Lenovo need to "think long and hard" about remaining independent companies. Yow -- sounds like someone's planning to do a little shopping, don't you think?

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