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Fast Company: Only the Pronoid Survive

Nov 25, 2004, 03:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Harriet Rubin)

"The paranoid are having a hard time with this new rule: The more you give away, the more you have. Yet America Online is about to give away computers. The Linux operating system is readily available and free. Meanwhile, eFax.com offers free faxing services. Also, a recent meeting between two potential Internet partners, Inktomi Corp. and venture capitalist CMGI, began by each throwing down the gauntlet--of openness: In seeking grounds for cooperation, the two sides would compete only to see who would do a better job of telling all. 'The deal is that we agree to tell each other everything; otherwise, there is no meeting,' is how one participant described the understanding that prefaced the session. 'We acknowledge that we can't create something new by ourselves. In the past, people would be secretive. You'd have to get drunk to open up and tell the truth...'"

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