As I read this, I can't help but think about non-profit organizations including universities and religious organizations, many of which are much longer lived. The catholic church, for example, is a much older institution than basically anything discussed here. Many universities are also very long lived.

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Very true. I put a tiny snippet about non commercial entities but it could've been much longer! The church is an incredible interesting enterprise, though I'm not sure I'm qualified to figure out what I should learn from them. I'm not Steve Jobs.

One interesting thing about churches and universities is that their chance of survival goes up with every passing year.

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