Category Archives: Intellectual Ventures
Last Thursday, Nathan Myhrvold was the keynote speaker at the second annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch (SIFP) at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. During his lecture, er, speech, he reportedly said:
“The tech industry – which I love, I’m a part of and am totally guilty of this – is about making tools and toys for rich people. … And frankly, everyone in the United States is rich compared to the world.”
Everyone? Has Nathan been to the mountains of Appalachia? The ghetto’s of Detroit? The shacks in the Central Valley of California that immigrants live in? Ludicrous.
Myhrvold encouraged inventor to “invent miracles” that will change people’s lives:
“It’s great you can kill aliens with Xbox at a faster rate than ever before, but we didn’t really need our lives changed,” he said. “The fact is, there are people that do need their lives changed.”
A noble thought indeed. But, it does seem to raise a question: Why isn’t he doing this?
Anyway, see this link for more about the speech: http://www.geekwire.com/2012/nathan-myhrvold-completely-fine-failure-thinks/
Well, that’s how writer Jeff John Roberts refers to IV in a post at money.cnn.com: “For the unfamiliar, IV is the dark empire of Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft executive who gamed the patent system by amassing tens of thousands of often-flimsy patents and then threatening to sue everyone in sight.”
Needless to say Roberts is a fan of the recently announced IP Checkups’s project writing:
“More broadly, IP Checkups’ project could reframe public perception of IV’s activities. So far, Myhrvold has gulled the media with tales of IV’s marvelous inventions. This could change once it becomes easier to see the extent of the dirty work carried out by the shells and, just possibly, galvanize the federal government to drive an anti-trust stake into IV’s heart.”
I’m guessing that Roberts shouldn’t expect a Christmas card from IV this year.
See this link for the entire rant: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2012_10_15_analytics_firm_flushes_out_trolls_spawned_by_intellectual_ventures.html