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Notable quotes about Silicon Valley, Nokia, open source, crowdsourcing and others in the software ecosystem

By January 8, 2012Uncategorized

“Since moving back to Silicon Valley in June, I’ve met a lot of amazing people. On average, they are the smartest people I know. Yes, I’ve worked with smart people in other places, but the concentration here is unique. But that brilliance comes with some blinders. Instead of figuring out how to adapt to real users, we too often expect them to adapt to us.”
Rocky Agrawal, principal analyst, reDesign mobile
“There are fewer than 10 keyboard makers left of any size. None of them has been able to innovate at the keyboard … it’s an area ripe for evolution.”
Cody Peterson, Pacinian Corp
“Unlike the days of yore, where repressive regimes needed elaborate networks of secret police and informants to monitor communication, all they need now is control over the software and hardware we use.”
Thom Holwerda, editor, OSNews
“Put a gun to my head and force me to choose the top 5 vendors for 2017 – I don’t think I could do it.”
Larry Walsh, ChannelNomics blogger
“Was it really necessary for Nokia to partner with Microsoft in the first place? Probably not. It was said at the time that two turkeys don’t make an eagle and as far as I can see, that’s run true. Nokia had Android as an option and it also had the Symbian powered N9, so maybe overlooking those to bet the company on new Microsoft software was its biggest error.”
Kate O’Flaherty, columnist, The Inquirer
“Smartphones have completely revolutionized the ways we waste time ….”
Greg Anderson, ArticStartup blogger
“A potential negative impact [of open source “super communities”] might be fragmentation of the open source community if companies in the supply chain restrict their developers to contributing to narrow, vertically-oriented open source solutions. Fragmentation or ‘balkanization’ is a key concern today. Could open source become a victim of its own success?”
Andrew Aitken, senior vice president, Olliance Group
“Every couple of years we get a new programming language or platform that alters the IT landscape…. and now it’s the cloud, big data, and mobile. In a short time span, these projects gain acceptance because they provide value and service like never before. And companies get hooked on the value provided. Shortly after the point when we accept the new technology as both an enabler and differentiator for the business, we realize the rush to embrace cool, new technologies has left management and infrastructure far behind. Specifically, that means security – as always -comes after the fact.”
Adrian Lane, analyst/CTO with Securosis LLC
“The federal government increasingly is turning to crowdsourcing as a way to save money and widen the expert pool to solve complex technology problems rather than paying experts to do so. DARPA is one of the leading agencies to embrace crowdsourcing, and has used some rather innovative methods to do so. The agency recently held a contest to crowdsource designs for a next-generation combat vehicle, and currently is crowdsourcing methods for reconstructing shredded documents.”
Elizabeth Montalbano, writer for InformationWeek

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