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January 29, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Simonyi toots the horn of plenty

In advance of his space flight — which has been delayed from March to April — Charles Simonyi was profiled in MIT’s Technology Review and the New York Times.

Dave Winer noted that the NYT piece was written by the Technology Review’s editor and the pieces are similar. They both describe Simonyi as man who became a billionaire from writing code, as opposed to building companies. Both also used a similar “horn of plenty” quote.

In the Technology Review:

Simonyi shares much of the common dissatisfaction with software. “Software as we know it is the bottleneck on the digital horn of plenty,” he says. “It takes up tremendous resources in talent and time. It’s disappointing and hard to change. It blocks innovation in many organizations.”

In the NYT:

“Software is truly the bottleneck in the high-tech horn of plenty,” he said.

What’s most interesting though how well both stories explain what Simonyi is up to with his Bellevue startup, Intentional Software.

Both stories gush about the potential of the new programming approach that Intentional is developing, and both used plenty of space to explain the technology (no pun intended.)

Comments | Topics: Entrepreneurs, Microsoft

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