Interesting cultural perspective on Apple & AT&T’s issues with iPhone 4 launch

Really interesting post from someone who used to work at AOL appeared on the IP list yesterday.

So who knows what happened with the AT&T sign-up fiasco. ¬† But there’s a cultural difference between these two companies, and just because folks at Apple are able to pull months of all-nighters to ship the new phone, doesn’t mean their technical counterparts at AT&T are equally motivated….. [snip]¬†There’s plenty of blame to go around, but differences in culture, motivation, and economics all probably played a factor in how this whole situation came to be

I can just imagine the cultural differences between a motivated Apple worker who is out to change the world again, and an AT&T engineer for whom I suspect this is just another one of many problems to solve dumped on their lap by some faceless bureaucrat.

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