I speak often with Eric Garland, a leading futurist, thinker, and blogger. We typically have a free-ranging and—to us, at least—entertaining and enlightening conversation.
This time he recorded it. Here are some of the notes we hit:
- Businesses have always wanted and needed to know about each other’s activities. Until the 20th century, this was mostly handled by direct conversations among business leaders.
- The conditions that created the need for modern competitive intelligence in the US began to be laid by the anti-trust legislation of the early 20th century. When businesses were legally prevented from sharing information, they had to devise some other way to obtain it.