IntelliJam: a fast ride through the past and future of corporate intelligence

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.

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