The shrinking of the tech sector threatens creativity and new thinking
By Christopher Lochhead, strategy advisor and former chief marketing officer, Mercury Interactive
Is Silicon Valley at risk of becoming Detroit 2.0 -- a company town dominated by a handful of big, uninspired conglomerates?
Consolidation is replacing innovation as the hot strategy. During his company's battle for PeopleSoft, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison declared that the software industry has entered a "period of contraction and consolidation."
Talk about a self-fulfilling prophesy: Oracle has gobbled up at least a dozen more companies since it closed the PeopleSoft deal in 2005, and a big purchase of Sun Microsystems is pending. And other companies widely are expected to follow Oracle's acquisitive ways.
Anthropologist Genevieve Bell helps Intel understand what people around the world are doing with technology – and what they'll want to do next. Photo: Intel
While traveling in China, Genevieve Bell figured she'd have no trouble getting a cell phone. With cash, a passport and official documents from her employer, she went to a local shop where phone packages lined the walls, and asked for one.
I don't have any, the shopkeeper MOREJon Fortt - Feb 25, 2009 12:17 PM ET
We're live blogging from the Town Hall at Apple's (AAPL) Cupertino campus today as the company shows off new laptops. Refresh the page for updates.
The event has begun. Steve Jobs comes out (he looks pretty good), and says we're here to talk notebooks. He says we'll first go over the state of the Mac, and Tim Cook, Apple's Chief Operating Officer, comes out to do that.Jon Fortt - Oct 14, 2008 11:34 AM ET
Apple's lineup of MacBooks is getting an update on October 14. Photo: Apple
You've probably heard the story of two guys walking in the woods who accidentally startle a hungry bear. As the bear turns to them, one laces up his running shoes. "Why bother? " his friend says. "There's no way we can outrun that bear." With a wink, the man replies, "I don't have to outrun the bear. I MOREJon Fortt - Oct 14, 2008 7:26 AM ET
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