Yesterday evening, while roaming the corridors of DEMO show I ran into Michael Ramsey, the chairman and till recently the chief executive of beleaguered TiVo. He was there to receive a top innovators award and have a fireside chat with Chris Shipley, the conference organizer. Ramsey gloriously defended his company, and said don’t count us out yet.
Without going into more details, I can say that he laid down some smack on Microsoft’s grand TV plan of dominating the set-top box, PC, middle-ware and back-end business. But hey aren’t they working on together – putting TiVo2Go on Microsoft portable media centers? Sure, he said, because he think Microsoft’s DRM and other front end technologies are neat and help boost the growth of TiVo2Go.
But the best part of the conversation was when we started chatting about Apple. Ramsey said a few months ago he switched – sick and tired of the problems with Windows – he went and bought a PowerBook, and now he has added a G5 to his list of computers. Well, this resulted in his company IT department thinking different as well! Memo to Steve Jobs: How about sending all the CEOs of top 100 Silicon Valley companies a Powerbook – and changing their lives as well. Wonder what IT departments would say when the CEO is walking around with a PowerBook!