PodTech’s own Robert Scoble and industry veteran Dave Winer go head to head in a friendly debate on the topic of “Is Microsoft Driving Innovation
Or Playing Catch-Up With Rivals?”
I loved the quote by Dave Winer on innovation… “Reminds me of a question Bill Gates once asked me, when Windows was new, and he was trying to get software developers to create products for it (I was a Mac developer at the time). He asked how many people had asked for my product before I created it. None, of course — that’s how innovation works. You have to create things they don’t teach in school. If you can take a college class about it, it ain’t innovation.”
Great point by Dave and it should be a phrase for all entrepreneurs… In my opinion the best ideas are the ones that nobody is talking about… I have heard the phrase many times (I forget who coined it) “skate to where the puck is going to be..” I think that is the wrong approach… to me it’s more like “take the puck and skate with it..” In growing and emerging markets leadership is about experimenting, identifying opportunities, and then running (or skating) with them.
Robert spanks Dave on the Halo point and drives the Google message home. Dave admits that he hasn’t played Halo. Dave is old school and Robert represents the new school. Good debate.