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Techies, designers, entrepreneurs talk about what they've learned from Apple

Posted by Scott Kirsner  April 3, 2010 09:00 AM

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For this Sunday's Globe column, I spoke with (and e-mailed with) about fifteen techies, designers, entrepreneurs, and executives around Boston. Rather than talking specifically about the way-too-ballyhooed iPad, I asked them what lessons positive and negative they've learned from Apple and Steve Jobs.

Here are a few of the e-mails I received, unedited:

- Antonio Rodriguez, venture capitalist at Matrix Partners and founder of Tabblo

- Edward Boches, chief creative officer at Mullen, the Boston marketing agency

- Avid Technology founder Bill Warner

- Harvard Business School professor and author Rosabeth Moss Kanter

- Harry West and Ed Milano of the West Newton design firm Continuum

- OfficeDrop chief executive Prasad Thammineni

- Philip Greenspun, entrepreneur, MIT instructor, flight school owner

- Vijay Kailas, founder of the start-up Numote

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Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.

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