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Partnering for Launch

“When Intel or Microsoft announces a new product, they release a list of companies that are ‘supporting’ the new platform or processor. These partners help validate the eventual success, and hence make it easier for a large company customer to take a chance. Once they know that others will be using it also, they feel less afraid of being stranded, or of being unable to convince the supplier to fix the product if it isn’t working. “Smaller companies also can improve their chances of success on a product launch, by including the testimonials and support of a number of key strategic tactical partners in their


The Babe Went Out With the Bath Water

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