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

By September 15, 2013Uncategorized

When I was growing up, Bill Gates was my hero. He ran one of the most mission-driven companies I can think of. Right now Microsoft is less mission-focused than they used to. There are companies that define themselves by making a concrete change in the world. Microsoft did that, It was an incredibly inspiring company. … [Gates] is one of the greatest visionaries the world has ever had. – Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO, Facebook
[SAP Business Objects’] acquisition of [predictive analytics cloud platform KXEN] also speaks to a growing proxy war quietly playing out between SAP and, arguably one of the leaders of the cloud-based sales force automation and marketing who has been cherry-picking talent recently from SAP’s Palo Alto and SuccessFactors Bay Area campuses. — William Newman, managing principal and co-founder of Newport Consulting Group and member of the McKinsey Quarterly Executive Panel
People say, where should I start my company? The answer I would give is, you should start a company wherever your team of super-talented, super-bright, best-friends-for-life, willing-to-work-for-free people are. — Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
We’re broadening out our applications footprint. Customers expect that. — Dan Beck, vice president of financials and analytics, Workday
Although lack of innovation may be fine if your company sells detergents or other products that don’t change much over time, it’s the kiss of death for a technology company that relies on innovation as the foundation for its existence. … As Apple sits still, competitors are extending the concept of mobile devices and releasing numerous products. — Michael Krigsman, internationally recognized analyst, strategy advisor, and authority on enterprise software leadership
Most of the more innovative areas in the U.S. lie on the West and East Coasts … The least innovative areas are generally located in the Midwest and South, although the Houston–Baytown–Huntsville region in Texas and the Denver–Aurora–Boulder area in Colorado are major exceptions. Private R&D spending patterns are even more clustered than patenting efforts. Indeed, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland nexus is the top economic area in both patenting and R&D activity. —  Riccardo Crescenzi and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, London School of Economics