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“Financial Services Disruption: Gradually And Then Suddenly” – Forbes

Oct 11, 2017

by Randy Bean – Ernest Hemingway was known for his stories about a lost generation, bullfighting, and big game hunting, but one does not generally associate Hemingway with ideas of innovation and disruption.  Yet, in his 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway creates an apt metaphor for the nature of innovative and disruptive change.  When a character in the novel is asked “How did you go bankrupt?” he replies, “Two ways, gradually, and then suddenly”.  How better to describe the process by which innovation and disruption can creep up on an industry or an organization, resulting in a sudden shift in the landscape.

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