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Success secrets from today’s top tech innovators

Success secrets from today’s top tech innovators
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In 2007, when Steve Jobs held an iPhone in his hot little hand at Macworld in front of thousands, he set the market on fire. Apple raised the bar and then jumped over it, revolutionizing the technology industry.

Even though it wasn’t Job’s first rodeo, he, Apple and the iPhone are the reigning king and conqueror of the modern telecommunications age - winning the hearts of millions, and making billions.

Hot on the heels of the iPhone’s launch were those who didn’t believe. They said the iPhone would never fly, but they were wrong.

We call them “naysayers” in the tech industry. Those annoying, jealous, sometimes successful professionals who do not have the foresight or vision to spot a goldmine when they see one.

The first iPhone had its share of problems, but to the naysayers, it was a laughing stock. Here are some quotes from the top tech gurus of yesteryear who “poo-pooed” the iPhone in its infancy:

Engadget: “I’m not impressed with the iPhone. As a PDA user and a Windows Mobile user, this thing has nothing on my phone… No thanks, Apple. Make a real PDA please.”

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft: “There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. That is the most expensive phone in the world, and it doesn't appeal to business customers because it doesn't have a keyboard.”

CTO of Motorola: There is nothing revolutionary or disruptive about this technology.”

Seth Porges, Tech Crunch: “That virtual keyboard will be about as useful for tapping out emails and text messages as a rotary phone”

Palm CEO, Jon Rubinstein: “Is there a toaster that also knows how to brew coffee? [No], because it would not make anything better than an individual toaster or coffee machine.” 

The naysayers were wrong. The iPhone was a virtual goldmine. But will it stick around for 10 more years? Or will something else blindside the industry and replace it? These are questions that today’s investors and inventors have already asked themselves. Remember the IBM stockholders back in the day? They saw the future and made a fortune. We need to follow their example and stay ahead of the curve.

Knowing this, we harvested success secrets from two of today’s top tech innovators in the latest Komando On Demand Podcast series. Some call them visionaries. Even though they’re not directly in the public eye, they are creating YOUR future. They’re cooking up the next big breakthrough, something that in five or 10 years, you won’t be able to live without. These interviews are packed with gold nuggets in each sentence, so press play below to listen.

To sum up what they said would be impossible in one article, so I’ve boiled the concepts down. If you’re going to birth the next breakthrough, you need two key things: an idea, and the courage to share it. Your idea could be worth a lot of money. You could be, right now, on the brink of discovering something great.

“Dream it, do it and ignore the naysayers.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg from Chris Hood, a digital strategist, and technology entrepreneur who has spent 20 years in online entertainment, TV, Film, Music and Video Games.

At Fox Broadcasting he transformed audience engagement for shows like "Glee," "Gotham," "Sleepy Hollow" and "American Idol." He developed TV Everywhere products and built new interactive media platforms. Brands such as Doritos, Reebok and Monster.com and films such as "Jurassic Park," "Apollo 13," "Wyatt Earp," and "Superbad" have incorporated his work and marketing campaigns. His kudos go on and on. Suffice it to say, he’s hit a few home runs in his life.

“Take a technological challenge and solve it. Be at the right place at the right time, then share your idea. Make sure your vision is indeed a vision and not a hallucination. Lastly, keep a wide variety of interests.”

That gem comes from Marcos Polanco out of New York. He’s a household name in Silicon Valley, and one of the current leaders in the development of Interactive Intelligence. A Stanford Computer Systems Engineering graduate, he co-invented collaborative classification machine learning and owns his own algorithm patent.

Polanco's innovative fingerprints are on a dozen iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps featuring Apple Maps, Bluetooth, Firebase, Stripe, in-app purchases, push notifications and Core Data. He delivered the Enterprise Objective-C application for a Silicon Valley startup. He’s also the co-founder of Imana Inc., which delivers Java-based desktop and application servers to 10,000 corporate users.

“Interactive Intelligence is all the rage,” he says, matter-of-factly. But that concept alone doesn’t quite satisfy Polanco's passion for innovation. His fundamental challenge is that technology hasn’t quite merged with humans. We haven’t developed a symbiotic relationship. “Technology is still in its infancy” he asserts and claims that he’s working on taking the human element and the tech element to the next level.

So in light of this podcast, here’s our advice. Keep plugging away! Here at the Kim Komando studios, we do an incredible amount of tech research each week. We turn that research into articles, podcasts and a radio show, which reaches millions of listeners. Not only to keep you informed but to keep you inspired. Use us as a resource so you can stay ahead of the curve, and maybe invent something brilliant. Stay inspired, subscribe to Kim's free podcasts and invent something super cool!

Psst! Don't miss Part 2 of this Komando On Demand Podcast, coming next week.

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