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…

Rob
SVP/GM, Business Productivity Solutions, Adobe

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Rob Tarkoff

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Solutions As senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Solutions Group, Rob Tarkoff leads Adobe's development of comprehensive, integrated technologies and solutions for the desktop and enterprises who want to engage their customers and constituents with information more efficiently and effectively. He oversees the Adobe Acrobat Family, Customer Experience Management solutions and Adobe Connect. Before joining Adobe, Tarkoff held several executive positions at EMC Corporation, including senior vice president and general manager of the EMC Captiva Software Division and senior vice president of business development and channels for the EMC Software Group. Previously, Tarkoff was executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Documentum, Inc. and senior vice president of worldwide business development at Commerce One. Earlier in his career, he was an associate attorney at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Tarkoff is a member of the board of directors for the Lawrence Hall of Science, the largest public science center in the U.S. and has previously served on the board of directors for Borland Software Corporation and Onyx Software. Tarkoff holds a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a bachelor's degree from Amherst College.