Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Ed Catmull, spoke about his company at the Stanford Business School. His insightful informal talk covers how Pixar avoided the pitfalls that undermined its competitors. From leveling communication across artistic, technical and managerial roles, to supporting a culture of honesty when hashing out problems, Catmull explains that Pixar exemplifies how companies can ensure their continued success. In its infancy, between A Bug’s Life and Toy Story II, his company faced internal crises it solved by realizing that a team of good people is worth more than a “good idea.”
About the Speaker
Ed Catmull was president of Pixar Animation Studios when he gave this talk in 2007. He retired in 2018.