Stephen O’Grady on Red Monk — The Un-Analysts

June 29, 2009

Last week at Enterprise 2.0 in Boston I caught with Stephen O’Grady, co-founder of analyst firm Red Monk.  I’ve always been very impressed with this boutique firm whose influence on their clients and other analysts, seems inversely proportional to their size (they are now up to a whopping four analysts).

I’ve split our chat in two parts.  The first deals with the firm itself, and the second with a couple of areas in technology that Stephen is particularly interested in.

The History and Philosophy behind Red Monk

Some of the topics Stephen tackles:

  • Founding a firm that does things differently (the un-analysts as I like to think of them)
  • Being open with their opinions and breaking down “pay walls”
  • “Offices” in London, Seville, Portland (Maine) and Austin, TX.
  • Stephen’s “Money Ball” approach to hiring
  • Their impressive client list
  • Is Red Monk going to IPO?

Stephen’s thoughts on Cloud Computing and Google Wave

Some of the topics Stephen tackles:

  • Cloud computing: overhyped but still a fundamental trend
  • Google Wave: redefining a document, what it is and what’s it for

Extra-credit reading:

  • Stephen’s thoughts on the Enterprise 2.0 conference

Pau for now…


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