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Innovation

By Steve Jones,

Maybe I should ask this differently, but I was wondering about this after watching a "who's the best" debate on TV about another subject. It got me thinking about the computer world and the level of innovation that we see everyday. This interview with the CEO of Salesforce.com also mentioned how they see innovation as important.

I often see a knock on Microsoft that they don't innovate at all and just buy/steal/whatever someone else's ideas and products and then market them extremely well. There's definitely no doubt that they market well, but I'm curious about what you think about innovation. So:

Does innovation matter?

I'm kind of wondering if you feel the person that invents something is more important than the person that brings it to market? Is it ok if Microsoft builds on some other idea and then brings us a product?

Personally I don't think so. I think that expanding on an innovation, making it widely available, and most importantly, cheaply available means a lot in the world today. So while I appreciate innovation, and I think it's important that we continue to allow it and promote it (meaning shorter copyrights, allowances for fair use, etc.), I'm not sure it matters to a company's success.


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