"During the first five years of this company," explains Michael J. Saylor, chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy, "we constructed customized executive information systems to help executives make better decisions. In our fourth year, we realized that we could do the same for more than just executives. Our motto was 'A crystal ball on every desktop.' A few years later, we realized that there was a way to provide intelligence and answers to everybody. Our motto shifted to 'Any question, any time, anywhere.'"
"Our view for the company has expanded from helping people answer questions to harnessing intelligence to create peace of mind, security, enlightenment, entertainment or to drive insight about the right transaction. As a company, we have realized that our real opportunity is to create intelligence dynamos. To conceptualize intelligence is something greater than the answer to the question analytically asked. It's the realization that intelligence is not just the question answered that creates value. It is the question not answered, the answer not received, or the question you didn't ask that gets answered anyway. That's not to say you couldn't have a successful company if all you do is analytics, but I think we have be-come more expansive in our thinking, more evangelical, and with good reason. I am more excited about the ability to make intelligence a tenth of the economy," states Saylor. "There are certain macro effects around us that when tapped are going to enable companies like ours or other companies to be from 10 to 100 times more successful than they are today. Success is all about persistence, execution and untiring resolve," emphasizes Saylor.
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