“Samsung is doubling down on technology investments in its competitor [Apple]’s backyard, including two new R&D buildings in Silicon Valley that will house 2,000 staff and a recently announced startup accelerator,” Jessica Leber reports for MIT Technology Review.

“Leading this effort is Young Sohn, who started at Samsung in August as president and chief strategy officer. He has spent a long career leading several successful Silicon Valley semiconductor and storage companies after founding Intel’s PC chipset business and running its joint venture with Samsung in the 1980s,” Leber reports. “MIT Technology Review… sat down with Sohn in his office in Menlo Park, California, to talk about his new mandate.”

Young Sohn’s comments include:

Samsung doesn’t want to be complacent. To get to the next stage of growth, the innovation engine is critical. You need to have the right people. You cannot just optimize talent in Korea—you have to optimize talent overseas, and being close to critical innovation centers like Silicon Valley is important to us.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, we bet it is. We bet it is.

I use a Mac, actually, at home. I’ve always used Mac, an iPhone, and an iPad… If you look at the strengths of Apple, in a way it’s not the product per se. It’s that consumers like their ecosystem such as iCloud. I like that my family 6,000 miles away in Korea is able to see my schedule and see all of my contacts and photos.

MacDailyNews Take: Only the best to Samsung’s Young Sohn. Only the best.

Full interview here.

MacDailyNews Take: What a joke of a company. Samsung can’t even make their top executives stop using Apple products, much less make their own OS.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Double07” for the heads up.]

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