Shantanu Narayen Talks Tech at All Things Digital: D9 Conference

This morning, Adobe’s president and CEO Shantanu Narayen took the stage at the D9 conference, where he spoke with Wall Street Journal personal tech guru Walt Mossberg. The conversation ranged from HTML5 and the Flash/Apple debate to the future of mobile devices and the cloud.

Before Shantanu took the stage, a funny video set the stage for the interview. The video highlights a “substitute speech coach” – really an improv actor named Jeremy Rowley from the Groundlings — working with Shantanu to amp up his stage presence.

If you missed Shantanu’s interview, you can watch some of the highlights below. You can also see the realtime blog summary of the discussion and some of the good news stories too, like this one in the Wall Street Journal.


  1. ry

    Hea did very poor job at depending Flash on Android. When Walt said he had never seen Flash run well on any Android device he could have answered him with XOOM,. SGII.. OPTIMUS @X and dozens more… clearly the quality of Adobe CEO is below par.

  2. Bill

    Just watched these videos on my Flash enabled Andriod tablet. It worked perfectly. As did the NCAA Basketball tourney, the Masters, etc. So what part of Flash isn’t working on devices? I view Flash content daily…

  3. Igor Costa

    The CEO didn’t take well on D9, when Walt asked him about Flash on Mobile and just answered “Flash is a small part of our business model”.

    This isn’t a good posture of a CEO of Billion dollar company that has deep impact on the way people publish things.

    It’s sounded like ” We don’t care too much for Flash, we want shell our tools that is included in our business”.

    If flash is small part of their business, what can I say? Next 5 years Flash isn’t the principal target of company for Mobile/Web/Desktop?

    What about 15 years of Flash developers arround world? Are people going to publish application using X-PDF format? Or better, seeing interactive psd files?

    I didn’t enjoy that answer.

  4. ffoo

    Hey who cares what Walt said, he is an Apple dude blind minded!

  5. Pooja Prasad

    Hi Igor,

    Thanks for sharing your comment and thoughts. To clarify, Shantanu was referring to direct revenue percentage when he said “Flash is a small part of our business,” not the important role Flash technology plays strategically for the company.