Re/cap: 10 Things You Missed at Day Two of the Code Conference
The second day of the inaugural Code Conference was a busy one, with a full slate of more than a dozen speakers from around the industry. It featured Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Nest CEO Tony Fadell and others.
For those of you who haven’t been obsessively keeping up with our various liveblogs, speaker summaries and videos, here’s a recap of what went down Wednesday.
- Mary Meeker kicked off the second day with her annual presentation on the most influential Internet trends of the year. Meeker tamped down the bubble talk and emphasized the importance of mobile Internet usage, as Internet growth slows overall.
- Shortly after finalizing the Apple-Beats deal, Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine and Apple’s Eddy Cue closed out Day Two of the conference in style, with Iovine enthusiastically discussing any and every thing related to the two companies. Iovine broke down the differences between the two industries, explained why the HTC partnership “crashed and burned,” and revealed the current Beats Music subscriber numbers
- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced Walt to Jimmy, the 3-D-printed robot, which should be available by the end of the year, with a consumer version starting at around $1,600. Krzanich also showed off his “smart shirt,” which takes constant measurements of heart rate and other health data from the body. Krzanich acknowledged that while Intel may have missed the shift to phones and tablets, he has not given up on mobile.
- Uber CEO Travis Kalanick did not hold back when talking about the “asshole” taxi industry and hinted at the company’s next round of funding, which he said could be “record-breaking.” On the heels of Google’s unveiling of its steering wheel-free self-driving car Kalanick embraced the technology, even if it spells unemployment for Uber drivers.
- Quiet Period, what quiet period? SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son criticized the U.S. wireless market and its regulations, while refusing to discuss a possible bid for T-Mobile. Son did, however, still manage to express his admiration for the company.
- BlackBerry CEO John Chen, appointed in November of last year, has a message for those speculating about BlackBerry’s fate: It’s not dead yet! Though Chen acknowledged BlackBerry has fallen too far behind Apple and Google in building a platform for developers, he said the company would be returning to its enterprise roots by developing products for its core audience. Chen also spoke about BlackBerry’s handset business and how he planned to make the company competitive in the “Internet of Things.”
- Entertainment entrepreneur Ryan Seacrest and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo talked about Twitter’s relationship with television, and Costolo also spoke briefly about his vision for Twitter to enter China. Costolo praised Twitter’s “beneficial relationship with folks like NBC,” and Seacrest said executives in Hollywood “do everything we can to create conversations on different platforms.” On developing a presence in China, Costolo said Twitter was in “very beginning stages of conversations about what it would look like or feel like.”
- When cloud software executives Aneel Bhusri and Marc Benioff took the stage, many expected sparks to fly, although no one anticipated the direction their conversation took. Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, and Bhusri, CEO of Workday, spent a good chunk of the session touting the advantages of cloud computing and detailing what they think the workplace of the future will look like. Benioff spent most of the session, however, excoriating tech executives — Re/code Co-Executive Editor Kara Swisher included — for not giving back more to the city of San Francisco.
- Nest CEO Tony Fadell said his company is thinking bigger than thermostats and smoke alarms. “Just like your smartphone has many apps for it, we think there are many apps for your home,” Fadell explained. While he didn’t go into specifics, Fadell entertained the possibility of Nest developing different conservation-focused devices in the future. In some additional words of advice to hardware startups, Fadell counseled founders to “focus on the problem” before settling on the hardware of the product.