Kara Swisher

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Questions for Steve and Bill: Ron Conway, Investor

While Walt and I will come up with our own questions for Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs, who will be appearing in an historic joint interview at our D conference in one week, I was curious what others–some tech folks and some not in the industry–would ask the tech legends if they could in this post.

Here’s the first question from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway, prominent angel investor (he actually founded Angel Investors and backs a plethora of Web start-ups). He was curious about that old chestnut, Digital Rights Management, and its demise.


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What’s happening is that we might, in fact, be at a time in our history where we’re being domesticated by these great big societal things, such as Facebook and the Internet. We’re being domesticated by them, because fewer and fewer and fewer of us have to be innovators to get by. And so, in the cold calculus of evolution by natural selection, at no greater time in history than ever before, copiers are probably doing better than innovators. Because innovation is extraordinarily hard.

— Mark Pagel, fellow of the Royal Society and professor of evolutionary biology, in conversation with Edge.org