242RE: [feyerabend-project] An introduction to Lisp
- Aug 21, 2002Dirk Riehle wrote:
>If you were the CTO of a startup, and you wouldDirk:
>have to convince your CEO to start development
>efforts using CLOS rather than Java, how would
>you argue its case?
Use large ROI Case Studies of companies that made killer apps
using Lisp to present a _business case_:
Yahoo Stores (was Viacom):
I specially like the ITA/Orbitz and the Yahoo Stores stories.
I believe Paul Graham sold Viaweb to Yahoo Stores for 57 mil --
that's no small change.
However, presenting a good _business case_ is the hard part -- it needs
to be more than just technology. The business case would underline
a hard business problem that can be either uniquely solved, or
solved better with Lisp and lead to either large profits or
Believe or not, this was the kind of thinking that went on
at ITA before it was founded. Their founders, AI Lab MIT graduate
students wanted to own a company and code it Lisp -- that was
decided first. Then, they looked for a hard business problem
and they found it :-)
The rest is history. I would have loved to be part of that deal,
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