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IBM: Relevant in 2000 and relevant in 2013

This market value graphic is floating around the Internet:

People are focusing on the Microsoft orbs, and for good reason: Gawking is warranted when you “lose” $313 billion.

But let’s put that aside and focus on a different part of the image.

Take a look at IBM:

  • 2000: $209 billion
  • 2013: $203 billion

I find IBM’s staying power far more impressive than the blobby expansion and contraction of other firms. It’s hard to build something that adapts, reinvents and perseveres across long stretches of time.