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Why so little innovation?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Judy Estrin, the former CTO of Cisco nails it.  Permalink to this paragraph

"She warns that we are living off of the innovation investments made in decades past and that is going to be a problem in the future." Permalink to this paragraph

Obviously. Permalink to this paragraph

I've been saying this for decades and feel somewhat qualified to have an opinion about this. The capitalists of the tech industry eat the seed corn, and never put anything back. When you ask them about it, they laugh as if it were a silly idea. Ms Estrin understands. You have to put something back, try out lots of new ideas and be patient and let them have a chance. But the only way it happens is through individual effort, with very few rewards or incentives.  Permalink to this paragraph

Glad someone else is speaking up on this topic. Permalink to this paragraph


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