The competition is fierce and growing.
As the verticals become saturated
competitors are beating us on price,
AI startups are moving faster, and eating away at our incumbent advantage
And VCs are beginning to buy into the hype as well.
AI is just a buzzword
Our customers don't want all that crap
StartupYard has announced 2 rounds of acceleration
For "deep tech companies."
Please Google: AI/ML, Bots, and Blockchain.
You were supposed to innovate!
Our corporate guidelines stress Innovation!
Now I find out some assholes in a garage have handed you your own asses!
How many memos have I circulated?
How many goddamn workshops?
And we're having to compete with "startups"
That attack narrow verticals with new technologies
And there's no room to pad out our services with consultancy and IT support centers
Sir, AI cuts down costs and frees up companies to...
Consulting is our CORE BUSINESS you moron!
Sir, customers prefer new tech!
Tell me that story when you're lining up for the dole
It's all over!
It used to be that
We could sell software and then
have a customer's balls in a vice grip for years
We could charge for IT support, travel, and fat administration fees.
We could make a project that should take 6 weeks take 6 months
It was so good while it lasted.
And these lean startups have come up from nowehere and made us IRRELEVANT!
There used to be honor in this business
kickbacks and sweetheart deals. Money for the taking.
We had the Europe by the balls.
Customers totally dependent
On our shitty, outdated, overpriced hardware, they couldn't stop using even if they tried!
And now some college kids can create a neural network overnight, and beat us at our own game
And they don't even charge for support
I made my career on overcharging for support
I may never get a fat bonus again!
It's ok Anna. The robots won't take your job!
We stopped innovating
We became everything we used to hate
The war is lost
But be warned: They'll drag me out of this corporation kicking and screaming.
I don't give a fuck about quarterly reports anymore.
Let's go cash in our stock options.