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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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.