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Review of Day 2 at Davos

Interesting day – the world’s response to Haiti is taking center stage in a number of sessions. President Clinton today reminded people to follow through on their commitments once all the cameras turn off. He is making a big push for a worldwide response to get the nation of Haiti rebuilt and retrained, referring to them as “one of the most resilient people I have ever met”. On a personal note, I actually got to shake his hand, which was kind of cool.

Caption: Clinton speaking on how to help rebuild Haiti

The financial industry is on the defensive, calling their role in getting us into this monetary crisis, the ultimate “burden of trust” that they will have to bear with the world community.

IT continues to play a strong role in bringing developing nations to prosperity. In the high-tech philanthropy session Nick Negraponte, Melinda Gates and the Intel Foundation were strong advocates of continuing to push connected devices directly into the hands of children, and not to schools where many teachers are less tech saavy than the kids!

Caption: Melinda Gates, Nick Negraponte, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia and others discuss high tech philanthropy

Also met several government officials today who are pleased with the WELCOM platform and the role Adobe is playing in transforming citizen interaction. I am pitching everyone, everywhere I get a chance (tirelessly) and will continue this until about 2AM tonight.

Don’t miss Don Tapscott’s article on WELCOM.

More tomorrow.

SVP/GM, Business Productivity Solutions, Adobe

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Review of Day 1 at Davos

Did not get a chance to attend many sessions – Social Networking panel discussion this morning was interesting, but it is clear that no one quite understands how the growth of social networks is really going to impact corporate behavior. Don Tapscott gave example of Best Buy as a company that really uses the power of Community to drive their customer support – I am going to try to spend some time with the CEO to understand better what their strategy is.

Interesting meetings with the large Indian SIs and outsourcers (Cognizant, TCS) as they are very aggressively investing in more resources and headcount in India. Met with George Colony of Forrester who understands the concept that Adobe is transforming user experience in enterprise applications and wants to hear more.

Most interesting conversation of the day was with Bob Kimmitt of Deloitte, former Deputy Treasury Secretary to Hank Paulson and my boss at Commerce One (President and COO there) – Bob sees a tremendous game of chicken with China coming down the road as they seek to list their companies abroad but aren’t willing to play by the corporate rules of other nations. There is a tremendous polarization that has happened based on Google’s response to China, and it will be interesting to hear more of the discussion tonight at the dinner.

Signing off…

SVP/GM, Business Productivity Solutions, Adobe

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