When Silicon Valley startups pitch to potential investors, they like to include a slide or two describing their eureka moment when the founders hit on the brilliant idea that inspired them embark on their journey to change the world.
The story of our entry into the automotive business is a lot more prosaic. It started with the development of fleet management systems for customers in the transportation and logistics industry and evolved organically as we developed successive generations of products to meet their growing compute and connectivity requirements. Continue reading From fleet management systems to 360-degree video mining solutions
Confucius said: “Virtue never stands alone; it always has neighbors.”
Birds of a feather flock together. This is the reason why Silicon Valley has been able to remain so dominant for so long. With its thriving technology, business, financial, and education ecosystem, the area has long been able to attract the brightest and most entrepreneurial talent in the world to join the ranks of its giants or set up their own companies to exploit the latest advances and innovations. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius: birds of a feather
When Zigong asked about leadership, Confucius said: “First accomplish what you want to say and then say it.”
Which comes first: words or actions? If you take your cue from Silicon Valley, the answer is to shout from the rooftops that your brilliant idea is going to transform the world as we know it so that you can suck in enough investors to kickstart your dream and keep it going until one fine day it stops bleeding cash and finally starts to make money. Or gets bought by a bigger company that wants to get their hands on your technology and people or at least prevent the emergence of a potential competitor. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: words or actions?
I didn’t manage to find the time to sample Blue Bottle coffee before leaving for the airport, but I did get my first ever taste of beer brewed with “real” (is there any other kind?) peach and apricot last night. Continue reading Real peach and apricot beer
It wasn’t very easy to find a reasonably-priced hotel in Fremont for this week. Some of the prices I was quoted were up to $200 a night for very basic accommodation. Continue reading Innovation elixir