Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

May 31, 2005

Software for Everyone

Morris, Negroponte, Peters

Globalization experts Iain Morris of AMD, Nicholas Negroponte of MIT and Teresa Peters of discuss the dreams and realities of providing technology to the world’s poor.

Imagine a family living in a small hut. They live in a village which has no electricity, no running water and a host of health and welfare problems. But each night, the house is well-lit by the screen of the eldest child’s laptop computer. The device is charged each day at the village schoolhouse where the first English word spoken by most students is "Google."

Difficult to imagine? It is happening now in villages around the world. The technology industry is working to provide the benefits of information and connectivity to the Third World in an appropriate, affordable way. But advocates differ in opinion on the right products and the right approach to globalizing technology.


The Latest from Software 2005

The post-conference site is now brimming with content. See new videos of Roger McNamee's presentation on "The New Normal" and the provocative "Pundit" panel. Also take a look at all the conference presentations. And don’t forget to check our new podcasts from key speakers courtesy of our partnership with

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Maximize Your Summer Reading

What’s a day at the beach without a book about the software business? recommends several new titles on a variety of career-building and business-building topics. Visit our books page to see the latest titles and get links to

Learn Service & Support from Tom Hogan

This month, Software Personalities profiles Tom Hogan, president of Comunidad para Baja California. The former technology marketing executive is applying his business savvy to the non-profit world by providing health, educational and infrastructure assistance to several villages in Baja California, Mexico. Read his story and find out what you can learn about customer service and product development from his "representante" program in the villages.

Poll: H-1B Visa Slowdown?

Computerworld reports only 6,400 people have applied for one of the additional 20,000 H-1B visas which the U.S. approved. Why aren’t more people applying for the H-1B? Take our Pulse Poll.

Last week, readers predicted the progress in the SAP-Oracle battle one year from now. Click here to give your opinion and see the results.

The Reality of Software VC Today

How relevant are VC firms in the software industry today? What has changed about expectations and funding tactics and what still needs to change? Read the experts' point of view in this week's blog.

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"Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions."
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