Pivot Summit Wrap

Disrupt or die

Geelong’s annual technology gathering broke all records with close to 1,000 attendees at the Federal Mills site this year and the key message was: disrupt or die. William Confanaloneri from Deakin Uni could not have put it better when he said, “Get ready for the smart new world – we cannot focus on the present, we must look to the future and focus on that.”

Xchange CEO, Caitlin Iles, heads a capital venture group called Capital XX and Caitlin believes it is women who will provide the greatest disruptive force in technology.

Kate Eriksson, Head of Innovation at Price, Waterhouse, Coopers said, “The pace of change is much greater than the decisions that we’re currently making,” and this theme resonated throughout the day.

Keeping up with change is not the trend here, creating the change is.

 
The Woz in Oz

As far as gods of technology go, Steve Wozniak is a star player and he graced our shores at the 2017 Pivot Summit right here in Geelong this month.

In partnership with his friend Steve Jobs, Wozniak invented the Apple I computer. The pair founded Apple Computers in 1976, releasing some of the first personal computers on the market. Wozniak also personally developed the next model, Apple II, which established Apple as a major player in micro-computing.

Wozniak went on to found numerous ventures, including CL 9, the company responsible for the first programmable universal remote control. He also founded Wheels of Zeus (WoZ) in 2002, a venture started with the aim of developing wireless GPS technology.

During his “fireside chat” with Monty Hamilton, Wozniak won over the crowd describing his journey with Steve Jobs in founding Apple and, in particular, his passion for invention and design, as opposed to Steve Jobs’ skill as a marketer and communicator to the masses.

“Simplify your design, it’s easier to understand, easier to maintain and then I carried it over into my life,” Wozniak said.

Unlike many of his counterparts, Steve Wozniak does not care for accumulating riches. Steve Jobs, on his death was valued at $A11 Billion whereas Wozniak is worth a mere $100 million and gives freely to many charities. There is no doubt that Steve Wozniak has always been the happier of the two Apple giants and had the Pivot crowd on their feet in praise by the end of his chat. The other interesting fact about Steve Wozniak is that he wants to become an Australian citizen, as he said himself, “I love this country and its people, you have the best sense of humour in the world.”

 

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