Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 15:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I'm currently reading Jerry Kaplan's excellent book "Startup: a Silicon Valley adventure". In this book, Kaplan, founder and CEO of GO Corp., details the founding, financing and eventual demise of his highly innovative company, including the development and workings of their product. What's so surprising about this book is just how timeless it really is - the names and products may have changed, but the business practices and company attitudes surely haven't.
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RE: Innovation and Apple
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 24th Mar 2012 03:40 UTC in reply to "Innovation and Apple"
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The criticism that Apple 'steals' ideas is unwarranted. Everyone builds on ideas from others, but not everyone can start with a concept and build a coherent product.

I didn't really mean it as a criticism though - I think this is exactly how the technology industry should work. It's just very sad that Apple seems to think it's okay for them to take and use ideas from everybody else - but not for anyone else to do the same with Apple's ideas. Would it have been fair if Apple had sued GO because GO's products were too similar to the Newton?

The word "stealing" was used here not because I personally think it's the right word to describe it - I would have used sharing. However, Apple labels the practice you and I both agree is a good thing as "stealing". Aren't iOS and Android essentially the modern day equivalents of PenPointOS and NewtonOS, different implementations of the same basic idea? What gives Apple the right to use the courts to try and claim ownership of that basic idea?

Also, very awesome you posted a comment here - I'm honoured!

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