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Al Gore on China, Mobile Web

Collaboration, higher values are key
1/14/2016 06:15 PM EST
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DougInRB
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Re: Seriously?
DougInRB   1/15/2016 4:40:59 PM
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I can't think of a single high-tech company that doesn't take care of its people.  That is, until their products fail in the market and they need to lay off employees.  So again, profits - which are directly tied to innovation, vision, efficiency, etc. are extremely important for the company to continue to take care of its employees.  I'm not talking about the contract manufacturers in China when I make the above assertion.

As for the employees being enthusiastic about "something bigger", what is the 'bigger' thing?  Their products are making the world better because they are making it possible for people in poor countries to join the global economy.  That's pretty good all by itself.  Their continuous innovation in better/safer materials and power efficency are helping decrease the impact of their products on the planet.  That's pretty good too.  What's all this innovation fueled by?  Profits.  If the 'something bigger' is giving a portion of their profits (or the executive salaries) to some targeted charities that reflect their values - that's great too.  They'll need to take that up with the shareholders though...

 

Jessica Lipsky
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Jessica Lipsky   1/15/2016 4:11:11 PM
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While I admit Gore was very glad-handy and exciteable (I'm honestly not sure why he was even at this event), he has a point. Young people aren't blind to a company's need to make money,, but we do value perks like caring for your employees (another thing Gore touched on during a fireside chat) and making some meaningful difference in the world.

Of course, not all Google or Apple employees give a damn about changing the world of the better. But go to any of their events and you could't deny the enthusiasm in the room about "something bigger."

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Seriously?
DougInRB   1/15/2016 12:27:21 PM
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"Much of the young talent that will develop the mobile ecosystem wants to work for a company that is has "higher values" than profits."

What values?  Honesty, integrity, innovation, and excellence or political correctness and climate change?

He must also think that our 'young talent' is stupid.  Working for a company that doesn't value profits is the same as working for a company that is going out of business.

It's time for Al to take his profits and plane and find a nice island to buy.

 

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