The Qualcomm Equation: How a Fledgling Telecom Company Forged a New Path to Big Profits and Market Dominance

The Qualcomm Equation: How a Fledgling Telecom Company Forged a New Path to Big Profits and Market Dominance

The Qualcomm Equation: How a Fledgling Telecom Company Forged a New Path to Big Profits and Market Dominance

The Qualcomm Equation: How a Fledgling Telecom Company Forged a New Path to Big Profits and Market Dominance


"Featuring a foreword by George Gilder

If you're a Qualcomm customer or stockholder, or in fact if you have a stake in almost any cellular service or even just use a mobile phone, you're no doubt aware of the enormous impact on the development of cellular technology by actress and sex symbol Hedy LaMarr.

All right, perhaps you're surprised. The telecom industry has never been short on surprises, and the above example is no exception. Nor is it an exaggeration. Read the book.

Similarly, it is not an exaggeration to say that Qualcomm, through a combination of technological superiority, cunning business acumen, and sheer tenacity, has become the undisputed standard by which telecom companies now measure themselves. In short order, they have also become a model of substantial and sustained growth that businesses in all industries should emulate.

Qualcomm's rise mirrors that of the cell phone itself. Both are ubiquitous, both continue to evolve rapidly, and both turned the status quo on its head. The Qualcomm Equation reveals crucial but little-known information on the history of cellular and wireless technology -- some of which dates back to World War II -- and shows how the company grabbed the wave just as it began to rise.

How did they do it?

Even while most competitors were using an essential technology, Qualcomm believed in an alternative they had developed, and continued to refine and promote it until at last it caught on. The Qualcomm Equation details how the fledgling company, while their rivals simply duked it out for more customers, made a killing not only by offering great service, but also by leasing their superior standard technology to other telecom companies. While Qualcomm grew its own customer base, they had also, in essence, found a way to make more money the bigger their competitors got.

How can you apply the Qualcomm model in your industry, and in your company?

Following Qualcomm's example, your company can:

• attract investors by presenting even complex products and technologies in customer- and market-focused language

• prove that its product is essential not only to customers but also to competitors -- so that they come to depend on you rather than trying to defeat you

• make its product and its operations compatible with those competitors, turning rivalries into profitable strategic alliances

• learn from setbacks, and leverage the knowledge and strengths of your partners to overcome obstacles

You'll also learn crucial strategies to help you define and develop your core business; identify and maximize your company's role and position in the value chain for customers and shareholders; strike a balance between sharing and protecting proprietary information; and handle regulatory and political concerns both domestically and globally.

In the last decade, Qualcomm has come to define dominance not only in the telecommunications industry, but throughout the global business landscape. The Qualcomm Equation presents their story, and the keys to their unparalleled success.

Not to mention the most important role of Hedy LaMarr's career..."


By George Gilder

In the search for innovative excellence, set aside the stories of Intel, Microsoft, and IBM. They have had their day. Shun the likes of Sony, Cisco Systems, Nokia, and NEC. They still fall short. Peruse these pages and you will come to the mounting realization that an American company from San Diego called Qualcomm is the best technology company in the world today. You will want to learn all the lessons of its awesome triumph, revere its founders, join the company, and own its stock.

In taking this attitude, you will not be alone. Over the next decade, all the leading players in communications and electronics will have to come to terms with this new colossus from southern California. There is no better place to start than with this definitive book of business history, business management, and technology strategy. Normally known as the source of the next generation of wireless telephony, Qualcomm is in fact the inventor of the exemplary twenty-first-century technology corporation.

I am a passionate advocate of fiber optics—the sending and receiving of messages over worldwide webs of glass and light that I call a “fibersphere,” which can achieve bandwidths millions of times greater than those possible with copper wires. But without wireless access, the bounties of the fibersphere will remain indoor pleasures for the plugged-in and wired, the couched and tethered. To serve mobile human beings wherever they live, work, and travel, the fibersphere needs the atmosphere just as your lungs need air.

Your cellphone is a radio. So increasingly is your computer. By computerizing the cellphone, Qualcomm is creating a new way of accessing the atmosphere with radio waves. But the world is full of ingenious companies that excel in digital radio engineering and access technology. What distinguishes Qualcomm is its prowess in accessing the noosphere of the academy for advanced scientific ideas, then turning these cutting-edge ideas into practical applications.

The key founders of Qualcomm, both of whom have doctorates in electri-

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