Even more ironic is that the very outcry for innovation by Apple is a call for something new and unexpected. How can one demand the unexpected and yet arrogantly claim that Apple’s opportunity has disappeared? It’s a contradiction. — John Martellaro, senior editor for analysis and reviews, The Mac Observer.
The company [Google] is tight-lipped about its specific plans, but the scale of the investment [in robotics companies in the last six months], which has not been previously disclosed, indicates that this is no cute science project. — John Markoff, senior writer, The New York Times
IBM is showing off a “patent-pending innovation” that can reassure big companies of the security of data as it moves from one cloud to another. It’s an interesting move. Big Blue could be trying to achieve at least two strategic feats — promoting its cloud service and distracting from a federal inquiry. — Jordan Nevet, VentureBeat writer
We [a Yale Univ. report that that looked at the use of 62 metals or metalloids regularly found in modern technology] have shown that metal substitution is very problematic. Substitution would need to mimic these special properties—a real challenge in many applications. … A national disaster or extended political turmoil in any of them would significantly ripple throughout the material world …. — Thomas Graedel, Yale U. professor
Meritocracy is the word you hear all the time here. Everyone can get ahead. I don’t think it’s as clean and pure as people think. Women board members set an important tone. — Heidi Roizen, a venture capitalist at Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Although it is an exciting time for big data, agencies [and businesses] should be cautious about the tools they select. So many companies are popping up with big data offerings, … managers have to consider whether all will be around in five to 10 years. — Dale Wickizer, CTO, NetApp U.S. Public Sector
The fact that there are so many small firms [in Latin America] may be a symptom of an unhealthy imbalance — too many firms with low growth potential and not enough of what we call ‘transformational’ entrepreneurs, who are essential to create quality jobs and boost productivity. When we dig into this imbalance in the region we start to find an insufficient drive to innovate among large firms …. — Augusto de la Torre, chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank