And with nouveau-billionaire companies that are still looking to turn a profit, it doesn't look like we're going to get smart real soon. "Can you believe my board is actually complaining that we're profitable?" This was the question I was asked over dinner with a storage industry CEO last week. I can't name him because there are forces on his board who, while clearly moronic, may be able to read. Unfortunately, yes, I can believe it. History does repeat itself, sometimes right after it's finished. We seem to have learned nothing from the lessons imposed on us during the stock market crash of 2000. We were decimated financially because we bought stock in Moron.com when it consisted of five 16-year-old skateboarders, a PC and a market cap that surpassed the gross national product of Asia. Little old ladies were playing bridge and talking about Amazon's IPO. And hard-working people were lured into the frenzy by dirty, rotten stock analysts and ended up losing their retirement savings.
Steve Duplessie is the founder and senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.