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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik