The Entrepreneur Test – #18

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Excerpt from Chapter 18

The Company Merger

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”
― Benito Mussolini



Mergers are a constant, promises made by company Chief Executives or owners to double the size of the company by buying their competitor, seems a bit of a cheat.

From the outside the outcome should be good for the customer, but rarely is anything written about what it is like on the inside, for the employee.

This chapter explains my experience as an employee during the merger of two software companies.

In 1989 I joined the largest PC communications company as a Systems Engineer responsible for Northern Europe.

On the first day, I realised that the company had recently bought the number one asynchronous PC communications company, which should have provided me with an idea of what was to come.

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