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From Russia to Radio: The Early Years of Radio Czar David Sarnoff
Born into a small Jewish village in Russia, David Sarnoff would migrate to America and quickly climb the ranks of corporate America to become one of the world’s most innovative and successful businessmen. As head of the Radio Corporate of America, Sarnoff ushered in a new era of technology and entrepreneurial prowess.
Making Music: Sarnoff Takes His Idea to the Masses
When the General Electric Company purchased American Marconi to form the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), Sarnoff believed it was finally his chance to bring his product to market. Still, however, his superiors ignored his memos.
Lesson #1: “The human brain must continue to frame the problems for the electronic machine to solve.”
For a young boy with no formal education, Sarnoff proved to have an unlikely strong tendency towards the two tracks of invention and innovation. Indeed, his musings from almost 90 years ago remain at the centre of today’s digital age.
Lesson #2: “The Titanic disaster brought radio to the front, and also me.”
Much of Sarnoff’s career seems to have been a case of being at the right place at the right time. For instance, intent on being a journalist, the young Sarnoff set off in 1906 to find a job with the Herald newspaper. By accident, Sarnoff found himself lost and wandered into the offices of the Commercial Cable Company instead. There, he was immediately hired, and his career in the electronic communications industry had begun.
Lesson #3: “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.”
In 1915, Sarnoff came up with an idea that he believed would revolutionize the world as he knew it. The idea came after some 15 years in the business, with modest success. Still, the idea was no match for his risk-averse superiors.
Lesson #4: “Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in men.”
The introduction of television might have come following the conclusion of one of the most deadly wars in human history, but with it came an entirely new war – the war to dominate the burgeoning communications industry.
Lesson #5: “Work and live to serve others.”
“Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can,” advised Sarnoff. “This is happiness.”
Tuning into the Future: How Sarnoff Engineered Success
Sarnoff rose from poor immigrant, to office boy, to communications manager, to president of one of the most successful companies of his time, and all because he asked himself one simple question: what’s next? How did Sarnoff always seem to find the next big thing?
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