At the Reuters blog MediaFile, Tiffany Wu has a May 22, 2009 posting titled Tech execs, where would you put a million dollars?
Selected tech execs were asked at the Reuters Technology Summit: “If we gave you $1 million to invest anywhere — but not in your own company — where would you spend it?“
The tech exec answers given provide some nice insights into today’s technology as well as the state of the world economy.
Our own favorite answer, by the way, comes from Eli Harari, perhaps because we can – rightly or wrongly – also envision people and school children all over the globe using “cheap Kindles” down the road:
- I like very much these electronic readers. We actually started that several years back, we were ahead of the time, and we found that publishers, textbook publishers, were not very receptive. The area of flexible paper and digital paper and publishing. We’re not there yet. But (Amazon’s) Kindle is stepping in the right direction. There is a lot of innovation in that space. But it’s got to be like a $49.95 product, not a $300 or $400. It’s got to be for the masses. It’s got to bring educational qualities to kids in the Amazon, 1,000 miles away from civilization.
– SanDisk Chief Executive Eli Harari“
Caveat emptor. No one really knows what the future will bring. But tell me one thing – who makes the batteries that make these things run?