Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/12/20

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Don't be so harsh on Sal -
From: Daniel Ridings <>
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 21:54:44 +0100 (MET)

I didn't say it was a piece of cake, I said it was a SME, small to medium
sized enterprise and we should grant them the same good will we grant
other niche companies ... not big, but important, at  least for us.

I ran a company myself not too long ago. I've been there, done that.


On Fri, 20 Dec 2002, Austin Franklin wrote:

> > So, if you can run a greasy-joint in Austin or a picture bureau ... you
> > can run Leica :)
> >
> > They're just trying to get by. Who isn't?
> Daniel,
> I have had experience running a few reasonable sized organization (one as
> large as Leica, if not larger, and the others probably smaller), and I can
> assure you, Leica is far more difficult to run than a greasy joint in Austin
> (Texas that is), or "a" picture bureau (there are some large ones of these,
> but it's a different fish).  Leica has design, manufacturing, distribution,
> service,'s more than just three guys, a web site and a
> telephone.  No, they are not the size of Nikon, but that doesn't mean it's a
> "piece of cake" to run, and it certainly doesn't compare to a burger
> flipping joint.
> Austin
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