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Tiger Joe
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Tiger Joe   5/26/2014 4:10:59 PM
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Of course the first thing I had to do was visit the author's website to find out what exactly they are selling.  What I see here, is what I have seen before.  Building a neat tool for educational purposes, or leaving it up to the customers to determine the commercial applicability.  Once they come up with something marketable, you do well by being their supplier.

Relying on your customers to come up with the breakthrough may seem like a smart idea, but my guess is that it's a crowded marketplace.  If I had venture capital to burn, I'd rather invest in a company that was making a product that solved some actual problem, with people willing to buy that product that will solve their problem directly.

Aquarious
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Re: Robots in every child's hand
Aquarious   5/15/2014 3:04:43 PM
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"A robot in every child's hand" - does that even make sense or is it building on the guilt feelings of overworked and underpaid Si valley engineers?

DRI_Nick
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Re: Make the picks elsewhere and sell them in Si Valley
DRI_Nick   5/15/2014 2:52:19 PM
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Doug, you're right, this could be done anywhere! I meant for the focus of the article to be more on the potential for new development tools, not the location for it. I know companies who do this sort of thing in the Midwest (my home region) because the cost of living is lower. I know companies that have moved across the country to be in Silicon Valley because their customers are here. Either approach can work.

DougInRB
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Make the picks elsewhere and sell them in Si Valley
DougInRB   5/15/2014 12:55:03 PM
Most of the stuff mentioned in this article requires the talents of only a few EEs.  You aren't talking about some new 28nm ASIC project...

Why in the world would a brilliant young EE come to Silicon Valley to develop stuff that can be done anywhere?  The EE talent pools elsewhere in the country are more than adequate to pull this off.

If I were an investor who got rich via a Si Valley startup - and you came to me with a great idea, I think I'd ask you to move to another state and bring some of your friends with you.

 

Sheetal.Pandey
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Robots in every child's hand
Sheetal.Pandey   5/15/2014 12:36:10 PM
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Yes it would be just wonderful that robots become available to every child or person. This is a wish list. Let us see when it becomes a reality. With changing times the way embedded development happens is changing, it is going to be more flexible for people wit differnt background to start embedded development.



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