The Orange Blogger Bus Tour began on Monday morning with a visit to Orange Silicon Valley, which is actually situated in downtown San Francisco.
We spent the first part of the morning with CEO George Nahon, who explained what the company was doing in the Valley. Our team of bloggers was captivated for almost two hours by this opening keynote, which gave us a brief idea of the current trend in terms of innovation and a glimpse (or prediction?) of what’s to come in the near future. Australian guest blogger Joanne Jacobs brings you the whole story just as if you were there!
Nahon begins with focusing on what Orange is doing in Silicon Valley. They came here 10 years ago, but moved to downtown San Francisco in March. At the beginning, they started doing R&D and are now doing business development and applied R&D, producing about 12 patents a year – useful output from a team of 60 people. They want to assist the company in making informed decisions about the industry. Nahon quotes military strategist Helmuth von Moltke saying that ‘no business plan ever survived its first encounter with the market’. He says that you learn to be very humble in the tech market. You need to expect the unexpected, to seek out intellectual audacity to maintain an always-ready stance for changes to the sector.
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