While for many Joseph C Wilson
might not as famous nor as familiar as Thomas J. Watson, Sr (of IBM),
nor Henry Ford (of Ford Motor Company), nor Akio Morita (of Sony),
Joseph C Wilson is indeed one of the great innovator of modern office
systems -- and modern way of people working/living.
Without his years of struggle to make Haloid -- the small little tiny company that many times almost go broke to daringly pursue its research and vision -- and to make its "crazy idea" of photocopying happening, the photocopy machines, the photocopy business model, and digital modern office systems that modern offices rely on today around the globe would never been happening.
Innovation matters. In many ways, innovation seem indeed
change society for the better, either directly through the massive
business it created, or through influencing others (in the next
generation) via its spirited dream.
If J C Wilson don't build Xerox into reality as it could become, Steve Jobs perhaps would never had seen XEROX PALO ALTO, and Bill Gates probably had nothing to "imitate something from Apple" to become Windows later on. Without such, our would then would have been so much different.
In that retrospect, the great dedication passion and work of Joseph C. Wilson is something that we -- innovators and inventors of next generation office systems -- shall always need to admire and remember.
No modern office systems might have been happening without the initial dedicated work, steps and dream of Joseph C. Wilson. In many ways, he's probably the father of Modern Office Systems. Among the first person that instinctively understand the power of documents, the business model around that document systems, and the power of people working together (through documents that being exchanged).
In the similar tradition of following the amazing struggling years of Pixar, following the story of tiny almost broke yet dedicated and never surrender Haloid to become a gigantic Xerox company, and the entire new business model that it created and invented along the way is indeed very respectable. It's amazing to see how this people who was once considered "crazy" because of their pursued dedication, dream and vision, many years later after their years of passion becoming successful reality, their "crazy ideas" become the new standard of how the world function, live, work and operate .. until today.
Innovation matters. It change society for the better.