Best Quotes from Day 2 at EmergeTech

Summary:While the people on stage are often rocket scientists and the technical discussions can be extremely dense, MIT's Emerging Technology Conference can be full of great sound bytes and quotes.  Here are some from today:I am great sketpic of video conferencing.

While the people on stage are often rocket scientists and the technical discussions can be extremely dense, MIT's Emerging Technology Conference can be full of great sound bytes and quotes.  Here are some from today:

I am great sketpic of video conferencing.  I routinely show up at any video conference about 20 minutes late because I know that by then, they either tuned it off, or they got it working [and the real meeting is about to start].  -  Charles Giancarlo, senior vice president and chief development officer, Cisco

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Regarding the lessons learned from the Katrina debacle, this quote was heard during an interview of Sequoia Capital's Michael Moritz:

Our greatest enemy is our bureaucracy -  CNBC Anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

In a discussion of market opportunities:

PCs have achieved 80 percent penetration in the US.  But in the rest of the world, it's only 10 percent - Justin Rattner, senior fellow and Corporate Technology Group Director, Intel [paraphrased]

Heard during the conference's session on The IT Revolution from Storefront to Back End:

57 percent of people who make it to [online] checkout never checkout.  That's a lot of business being left on the table - Joe Chung, co-founder and CEO (photo, above left), Allurent [a company looking to solve that and other problems through a better shopping user experience]

[Editor's Note: David's photographs of the two-day MIT conference can been seen in these galleries: Day One and Day Two.]

Topics: Tech Industry

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