a16z Podcast: Slow-Tech Companies Navigating in a Fast-Tech World


It used to be the case for large, global organizations that innovation would simply arrive — brought every year or every quarter by the technology vendors they did business with. That slow moving, upgrade-cycle cadence no longer exists, says Chris Curran, chief technologist at PwC. And the companies that benefited from it, what Curran calls “slow tech” companies, need to learn from what has become a “fast-tech” world — the tech environment of devops, open source, big data and mobile. But how to pull it off?

In this segment of the pod Curran offers slow-tech companies a guide to embracing the people, culture and technologies of fast tech, and the reasons the fast-tech crowd should take a harder look at the companies and industries they might have dismissed as too lumbering.