The author recently read a very interesting article, "Symbian OS -- One of the Most Successful Failures in Tech History," written by a former leader of the Symbian project. As the author interprets the article, blame seemed to lie squarely with Symbian managers who pursued the past and not the future of cell phones. They focused on their record of present-day success and ignored warning signs about the future. With Symbian as a backdrop, let's think about how the speech industry as a whole has risen to recent challenges. From a financial perspective, people have seen some excellent innovation.