Why Aren't These Tech Executives "Dogfooding"?

In the following video, Jeremy Phillips and Austin Smith talk about tech executives who don't often eat their own cooking, or engage in what's known as "dogfooding" in Silicon Valley parlance. In other words, these execs don't use their own products. For example, Google's Eric Schmidt has been known to use a BlackBerry. Marissa Mayer -- at Yahoo! now, but originally at Google -- uses an iPhone.

Jeremy says investors should want to see executives using their companies' products. He notes that Facebook requires employees to access Facebook with mobile devices, to get them thinking about new ideas and solutions. Austin has a slightly different spin, though they agree that the goal should be superior products from the executives' companies.

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  • Report this Comment On March 31, 2013, at 9:24 AM, H3D wrote:

    It's always great to see Steve Balmer using a MacBook Pro.

  • Report this Comment On March 31, 2013, at 1:28 PM, TimKnows wrote:

    Who cares what they use? As long as BlackBerry produces the best products in the world today, I could care less.

  • Report this Comment On March 31, 2013, at 1:53 PM, demodave wrote:

    H3D: why not? Windows runs on a Mac. According to tech support worker I know, it even runs *better* on a Mac than on a "Wintel" box. I was shocked, but happy at the same time.

    Tim: don't worry, BB doesn't make the best products in the world. They may "sell" a lot of units into corporations, but the actual users of the devices would rather have something different. It's just like Wintel boxes won out because IT managers forced them on employees (because they were "cheap" and because IT managers knew they needed crappy Wintel boxes to stay necessary/employed).

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