New Delhi: In his first interview to The New York Times, Microsoft's new chief executive Satya Nadella said the tech giant needs to start thinking like a startup again in order to move ahead in the competitive technology arena.
"Culturally, I think we have operated as if we had the formula figured out, and it was all about optimizing, in its various constituent parts, the formula," Nadella said on Thursday.
"We've had great successes, but our future is not about our past success. It's going to be about whether we will invent things that are really going to drive our future."
Hyderabad-born Nadella, believes the company needs to move faster in innovation and at the same time has to cut short in terms of both cycle times and response times.
"You have to be able to sense those early indicators of success, and the leadership has to really lean in and not let things die on the vine," he added.
Nadella's appointment coincides with Microsoft founder Bill Gates stepping back in as a "technology advisor," giving up his title of chairman.
Since previous CEO Steve Ballmer focused most of his energy on how Microsoft made money, the current change of guard will certainly bring a big cultural change at the Redmond-based giant. Surely, Microsoft's success or failure will define Nadella's tenure.