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Happy Anniversary, Adobe!

This month we celebrate our 30th anniversary, a major milestone for technology companies.  We are in very rare company of those who have thrived over such a period by both making the billion-dollar-a-year and billion-dollar-a-quarter milestones.

This success over the past 30 years is as a result of a relentless focus on innovation and customers first set by our founders, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke. Our impact on every form of communication has been profound – every magazine, every newspaper and web site, images that you encounter,  video and application on mobile devices – chances are Adobe has played a major role in its creation.

As we continued to evolve our company, we decided that as all businesses moved mobile and online, we needed to expand our offerings beyond creation to management, measurement and monetization.  Through organic innovation and targeted acquisitions, we’ve aligned our strategy around Digital Media – the creation of content, and Digital Marketing – the business of content.  Our goal is to make every digital experience across every device a high-impact experience.

The single biggest reason this vision is possible is our employees around the world.  We are a truly globally diverse company with over 10,000 employees.  Our core values of genuine, innovative, exceptional and involved are what set Adobe apart.

Happy anniversary, Adobe, and here’s to many more great years to come!

The Valley

Earlier this week, Adobe celebrated its 30th year in business. In its storied history, it has grown from a small private company focused on developing and promulgating a common way to exchange documents – a major problem during the advent of the PC era – into a wellspring of innovative technologies that enable people to create digitally and to receive more tailored and personally relevant digital marketing.

When I interviewed for my new role, I had the opportunity to meet with the two founders, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke.  At the end of our conversation, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask them a distinctly non-interview type question: “Do you ever take a look in the mirror in the morning, consider Adobe’s size, the jobs you have created and the technological impact you have had on the world, and wonder – how did this happen?”

The immediate response from both: “Every single day.”

While Chuck and John are legendary in the tech industry for many reasons, including their warmth and humility, another way to understand their response is as an acknowledgment that there are many external factors that are determinative of a company’s success.  For inchoate technology businesses, one of the most important is whether they are located in Silicon Valley. With all deference to Seattle, Bangalore, Tel Aviv and even Des Moines there is something truly unique about this thirty mile stretch of the world. Countless MBA students, journalists and consultants have tried to analyze why this area has spawned so many successful global companies. Some say it’s the result of ready access to capital flowing from Sand Hill Road. Others attribute it to the proximity of educational institutions like Stanford, UC Berkley and the University of Santa Clara. For others, it’s the cultural and intellectual diversity.

Most likely it is all of these. Longtime residents (I’m one of them) tend to take it all for granted as the innovation surrounds us.

Take a day I had a few weeks ago, as a case in point:

  •  I started the morning having breakfast with a board member of a company where I had previously worked. He wanted to move back into an operating role and was trying to decide whether he wanted to go to a large public company or a small, pre-IPO, start-up.
  • At lunch that day, I spoke with a friend who had spent the last 10 years working as a senior engineer at a half dozen companies in the Valley, including a couple of start-ups and several technology behemoths.
  •  Driving back to the office, I passed the campuses of Oracle, Facebook, Intel and Cisco representing a collective market cap of over $400 billion and employing over 600,000. At one point along the drive I was passed by a Google’s driverless car. We see them so often now during rush hour that they are often unnoticed.
  • When I returned to the office, I exchanged emails with a couple of former colleagues. One has created an interesting social networking company for people who are caring for loved ones with medical conditions. The other works for a private company  that has developed a small, unmanned, self-propelled, ocean going device that can be used for an array of tasks ranging from mapping the oceans to monitoring oil spills and the effects of climate change.
  • To close the day, my wife and I attended the Tech Museum’s Tech Award dinner as guests of some friends, one of whom is an entrepreneur with a company that has developed an application that provides users with awards for the miles they walk, run and cycle, which they donate to the charity of their choice. If getting healthy isn’t enough of a motivation, how about exercising to help others?
  • The Tech Awards is an impressive event where several thousand people come together to celebrate entrepreneurs who are creating technology to solve some of mankind’s more pressing problems. Three award winners that stood out included: Simpa Networks, a company that has created a pay-as-you go mobile payment system permitting people to access affordable solar energy in areas lacking access to reliable electricity; Professors from UCDavis who received an award for developing a rice gene that permits crops to be grown even in flood-prone areas (Rice, a key dietary staple for much of the world, is grown in areas that are susceptible to flooding, which, given the impact of climate change, will only worsen); and the developers of the BioLite Home Stove who received recognition for their solution to health problems impacting rural citizens of the world who rely on indoor fires for cooking. The BioLite stove uses an innovative design to deliver a low cost, highly efficient, wood burning stove that not only greatly reduces smoke and other harmful emissions, but also generates electricity to power cell phones and LED lights.

Driving home from the event at the end of that day, I felt profoundly inspired (and wishing I had gone to engineering school rather than getting a law degree). Looking out at the lights from the office buildings around me, I decided that what’s truly unique about Silicon Valley isn’t days like this, but rather that every day is like this.

Note: This post is cross-posted from Mike Dillon’s personal blog

Celebrating Adobe’s 30th Anniversary With Our Community

Earlier this week, we kicked off our 30th Anniversary celebration with employees, who shared their proudest moments at Adobe.

Today, we’re celebrating with our community’s thoughts on their proudest or most favorite moments with Adobe products. See what they had to say below. And remember, tell us your favorite moments with Adobe products on Twitter with #happy30Adobe for a chance to win Adobe branded merchandise (Terms and conditions here)


Bert Hagendoorn

What has been your proudest or most favorite moment with Adobe products? 

My favorite moment was our Dutch Adobe User Group celebrating it’s 5th anniversary, becoming the largest Adobe User Group worldwide with 6000+ members, for 500 visitors at our latest event a few weeks ago – a result gained also because of the great collaboration between our community and Adobe. Congrats Adobe!

If you could describe Adobe in one word, what would it be? creativesuperbrand


Grant Skinner

What has been your proudest or most favorite moment with Adobe products? 

Releasing FlashOS – windows, menus, buttons, forms, and more, all in Flash 5 & AS1.

If you could describe Adobe in one word, what would it be? Empowering.


Sally Cox

What has been your proudest or most favorite moment with Adobe products? 

I worked for Adobe Systems as an Art Director, and was part of the team who created the demo assets for Creative Suite 3, Creative Suite 4 and Technical Communication Suite. It was an enormous honor to be involved in the promotion of products I use every day and love beyond words. It also made me acutely aware of the extent Adobe goes to ensure their products are the best they can be. We worked with multiple “builds” and it was exciting to see each new version evolve into the one that was finally released to the public. I simply had no idea how much work was involved in getting a new product version released. In many cases, members of our team were able to to see their recommendations being implemented into the newer “builds”.

I worked for many years as an Adobe trainer, traveling around the U.S. to deliver custom training on various Adobe applications. I am immensely proud of the people I helped to get over their fear of the Pen Tool, above everything else. I taught an Illustrator class in Atlanta, where a woman ran from the room crying because she couldn’t comprehend the Pen Tool. A few weeks after class, I received an email from her with a drawing she created with the Pen Tool. She finally “got it”, and I played a role in that. Another time, I taught an 80 year-old retired nurse to use Illustrator, virtually via Adobe Connect. She had always wanted to learn it and we created an Autumn landscape scene with a scarecrow and pumpkins, me directing her as she did all the work. She cried at the end of our session; I even had to teach her how to attach it in an email so she could send it to her son!

If you could describe Adobe in one word, what would it be? Innovative


Kevin Stohlmeyer

What has been your proudest or most favorite moment with Adobe products? 

My proudest moment with Adobe products has to be when I was offered the opportunity to teach Adobe Creative Suite at my alma matter. It was an opportunity that changed my entire life. I am now on my 13th year as a teacher and couldn’t think of anything else I’d want to do. Nothing is more fulfilling that showing someone a procedure or technique in an Adobe product and seeing their eyes light up. That spark of excitement or creativity will never get old.

If you could describe Adobe in one word, what would it be? Empowering.


Bob Levine

What has been your proudest or most favorite moment with Adobe products? That’s pretty tough but I’d have to go with being invited to get involved with DPS at pretty much the beginning of its development. Watching the product evolve over the last two and half years has been fascinating.

If you could describe Adobe in one word, what would it be? Innovative


Lastly, thanks to all of you who described Adobe in one word on Twitter yesterday. Here’s a summary of all your responses!


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