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Notable quotes about Oracle, Salesforce and others in the software industry ecosystem

By May 11, 2014Uncategorized

A set of commands to instruct a computer to carry out desired operations may contain expression that is eligible for copyright protection. — Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley (appeals court ruling in Oracle vs. Google

An API is a description of what the software is going to do, You can think of the API as the plot as opposed to the novel. If you’re saying that that abstract notion of the plot is copyrightable, then everything is derivative. The reality is that the principle itself is wrong, — Bryan Cantrill, CTO, Joyent

We need to reassess how we connect to our customers in a whole new way. Some companies pivot to their shareholders, or partners. We pivot to our customers. Pivot to your customers. That is what the new world is about. — Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce.com

The ideal skillset of an entrepreneur maps perfectly onto McNab and Dutton’s [authors of “The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success”] definition: high-functioning individuals with unflappability, bloody-mindedness and cunning. And that’s the point: if you believe that technology has the power to introduce new efficiencies and new opportunities into our world, that it is or could be a transformative power for good in the world, that the net effect of Silicon Valley is positive, you can chuckle at but you cannot call for the heads of those who make it so. — Milo Yiannopoulos, columnist Business Insider

We use Microsoft [and] each time we’ve looked at open source for desktop and costed it out, Microsoft has proved cheaper. … the true cost is in the total cost of ownership and exploitation, not just the licence cost. — Jos Creese, UK government CIO

So, since the cost of failure is so cheap, the cost of sitting around trying to decide whether to do something or not actually is higher in many cases than the cost of actually just trying it. …  But you kind of have to do it early. I think the period of your 20s is really important, because once you get into your 30s and 40s, it’s hard to bet the house on something. — Joi Ito, head of MIT Media Lab and early investor in Twitter, Kickstarter and Flickr

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