During a firefighting conversation with Sen. Mike Lee on the opening day of the 2021 Silicon Slopes Summit on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook can best congratulate Utah’s thriving tech ecosystem.
“What I’m looking for when I go to places is the people who want to change the world,” Cook said. “Technology should serve humanity, not the other way around. And that’s what I see here.”
Cook, who took over Apple after the company’s legendary founder Steve Jobs died of complications from pancreatic cancer in 2011, shared some advice for startup founders seeking to repeat the success of the world’s most valuable company. .
“Sometimes people look forward to the next … the true joy of life. They forget the journey,” Cook said.
With Lee’s prompt, Cook touched on personal privacy issues and Apple’s unique policy of not building back doors for global device manufacturers or failing to access their products. Because of that stance, the company has drawn the wrath of agencies such as the FBI, which has sought statutory mandates to create access violations for device manufacturers to assist law enforcement in criminal investigations.
“We treat privacy as a fundamental human right,” Cook said. “What we see is that if someone goes through your house and opens every door and closet and everything in your house, your phone has more information about you. Your phone is your history, your financial information, your health information, your intimate contact, whom you call.
“You are the only person who holds the key to your (Apple) phone and we think it should be.”
Cook also said the technical design reality is that only people in white hats can’t build a tool back door.
“People do this (program the backdoor of the device) for this government agency, but from an engineering point of view it is not possible,” Cook said. “You can’t just create a back door for good guys.”
In addition to appearing on the sloping summit, Cook also used his time to throw behind a fundraiser for the Utah-based nonprofit LGBTQ Youth Shelter and Outreach Group Ensemble, and hosted some meetings, including a private meeting with Utah tech companies, from medical adventure software to color and creative applications.
Cook met with ancestors, Instruction, Red Games and Resusitech representatives, all of whom have developed apps that find success in Apple’s App Store.
Cook shared raves with each of the companies and chatted with Gary Mangum, senior engineering manager, through ancestral mobile apps, the Apple CEO even took a DNA test to see how his ancestors came from and where their ancestors came from.
Mangum Cook has been shown a new “Discover” feature that will be released next week. It allows users to see “photo lines” of their family generations and share “ancestor stories” with others even if there is no app using the iOS Clips App.
“It is a privilege to represent my team here today and share our work and our growth with someone like Tim Cook,” said Jodie Sailor, senior product manager for Instructure, developer of the popular education support software platform Canvas. “This means that it is especially recognized as an educational forum.”
Apple has reported that Utah-based App Developers have been grinding it into the App Store for their digital goods and services, up 60% over the past year and nearly 500% over the past five years.
One of Apple’s main competitors, another tech heavy-hitter who has led the company for 14 years, is Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft. He was chatting on stage with Mitt Romney.
Romney shared a strange story from Romney’s first visit to Baltimore in 1980 when Romney ran a fundraising firm, and Balmer was looking for work after taking a “sabbatical” from Stanford University.
“I tried to get him to join Bain, but he rejected me and went to a little startup called Microsoft,” Romney said.
Ballmer was one of Microsoft’s top 30 employees and was climbing through the ranks before founder Bill Gates quit his job in 2000 to become the company’s top executive.
Ballmer, who bought LA Clippers for $ 2 billion after leaving Microsoft in 2014, said the most important lesson he learned during his tenure as CEO was that “people’s leadership” is important but “thought leadership” can do anything or break the company’s path to success.
“You have to choose the right direction, not just charisma,” Balmer said. “If you don’t fit in, you’re in trouble. If you’re not long in your thoughts, you’re in trouble.
News of a rumor about Utah Jazz emerged at the summit Wednesday morning, with JJ owner Ryan Smith, Jazz co-owner and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade on stage, revealing that a rebrand of the team’s colors is at work. The visualization came after weeks of fan speculation on social media about whether the team’s colors, which were last updated in 2016, are on the verge of another revision.
Smith said combinations of black and white and other colors will definitely be in the works for jazz jerseys in the coming year. Earlier this week, the J-Note outside the Vivint Smart Home Arena was repainted in a black-and-white scheme with a change of plot.
And Smith appeared to speak with Imagine Dragons frontman Don Reynolds on Wednesday afternoon, when his band released their fifth studio album, “Mercury – Act I”. In September.
Reynolds spoke about the changes technology has made in the music industry and took a gentle shot at music streaming services, which he said would not generate any significant revenue for the artists behind the songs.
“We stream a lot on Spotify but there’s no money in it,” Reynolds said. “If someone tells you that they’re making money on streams, they’re lying to you.”
Reynolds said he was sold tickets for a truly meaningful metric of live shows, and reminded the Summit audience that his popular LoveLoad Festival, which was on leisure due to epidemics, was returning in May 2022 and would be held at Vivint Arena.
Reynolds shared the meaning behind his band’s 2012 hit, “Radio Active,” which said he explored the issues of depression and the challenges he faced as a struggling artist, husband and father before finding success in the music industry.
The Silicon Slopes Summit continues on Thursday with a packed agenda of broken sessions and includes talks with former Jazz owner Gail Miller, Overstock CEO Jonathan Johnson and best-seller author Liz Wiseman.
More details and information on how to join the event, individually or virtually, can be found here summit.siliconslopes.com.
Contribution: Jenny Rollins, KSL.com