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Saquib Shirazi (MBA 1995) on memorable advice from Richard Tedlow
I found Richard Tedlow to teach, [...] The way he taught business history was a very unique way for you to focus on it. And it wasn't just the history of business. I think he had a wonderful way of engaging students to think in the classroom. And I remember, you know, one of his last cases that he—he taught. This is '95, so we're talking pre-Internet bubble, pre-technology boom.
But he sat there and made a statement that has remained with me since then. He goes, "You know, in the U.S., [...] we've gone through two revolutions and we're about to go through a third. But everybody who lives in their own countries needs to disengage from the timeframe and see which revolution they are currently part of." And the three revolutions he mentioned, [...] were, you know, 1880s, the industrial revolution, [...] and then in the early '20s, the revolution around mass merchandise, so mass manufacturing, mass merchandising.
And I remember in '95,—all of us who weren't quite at the [...] edge of our senses—we missed it completely. He went very quickly. And the third revolution is about to take place, and it's the revolution around mass communication.