Good Apps, Bad Technologies

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    Mar 12, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
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    The same dynamic is playing out throughout Silicon Valley, as companies like Intel post disappointing earnings reports and others like Snapchat turn down billion-dollar offers. The rapid consumer-ification of tech, led by Facebook and Google, has created a deep rift between old and new, hardware and software, enterprise companies that sell to other businesses and consumer companies that sell directly to the masses. On their face, these cleavages seem to be part of the natural order. As Biswas pointed out, “There has always been a constant churn of new companies coming in, old companies dying out.”

    But the churn feels more problematic now, in part because it deprives the new guard as well as the old — and by extension, it deprives us all. In pursuing the latest and the coolest, young engineers ignore opportunities in less-sexy areas of tech like semiconductors, data storage and networking, the products that form the foundation on which all of Web 2.0 rests. Without a good router to provide reliable Wi-Fi, your Dropbox file-sharing application is not going to sync; without Nvidia’s graphics processing unit, your BuzzFeed GIF is not going to make anyone laugh. The talent — and there’s a ton of it — flowing into Silicon Valley cares little about improving these infrastructural elements. What they care about is coming up with more web apps.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/magazine/silicon-valleys-youth-problem.html?hp
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    Mar 12, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    there are all kinds of engineering, people pick one or the other field, than become highly specialized. Some one skilled at Linux drivers not a good fit for web server work. Sometimes not a big choice. Just where your career takes you.

    Start ups generally dont have ping pong tables. They have an aggressive schedule and limited venture cap funding.
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    Mar 12, 2014 11:08 PM GMT
    Excellent piece. Thanks for posting. Part of me regrets being too old to see where all this will go; part of me is relieved.
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    Mar 23, 2014 3:39 AM GMT
    Thanks for this article. (I wish that) more of this type of articles make it as case studies material in grad school as this particular one is very current and relevant.
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    Mar 26, 2014 3:36 AM GMT
    Supply and demand shift ? It will happen :O Do I need to cite a source?

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    Mar 26, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    great article