‘Origami’ Stumps CEOs in failed Jobs-style presentation

“Samsung Electronics, Intel and Microsoft have been promoting their joint project ‘Origami’ mini-laptop PC since they first showed it last month. In fact, the new PC proved to be too revolutionary, enough to baffle the three firms’ executive officers who publicly tried to demonstrate how to use it,” Cho Jin-seo reports for The Korea Times. “During Wednesday’s news conference at Grand InterContinental in southern Seoul, some 30 reporters gathered to watch the much-hyped product named Q1, or Ultra Mobile PC. Kim Hun-soo, vice president of Samsung’s PC division, first ascended to the podium as he tried to do the presentation in a Steve Jobs style _ which was not so successful. Kim first tried to start the Powerpoint presentation, which was saved in his Q1. But after introducing himself, he failed to turn to the second page while his staff nervously watched him.”

“After spending several nerve-racking minutes trying to solve the problem on his own, Kim was finally helped by one of his staff to get to the next page. ‘This kind of mistake happens in every presentation, even though you practice it all night,” he said. But that was not the end of his bad day. Several pages later, the large projection screen suddenly completely went black. Samsung’s staff again rushed to help the vice president, and found the Q1’s battery has run out,” Cho Jin-seo reports.

“Microsoft Korea’s president Yoo Jae-sung became the second victim of the day when he took over the turn after Kim wrapped up his presentation. Yoo also spent several minutes figuring out how to start the presentation file. Finally, a Samsung employee succeeded in turning it on. But then the Q1 suddenly flipped through every page of Yoo’s presentation file in a just few seconds. ‘Now you have seen all the contents in advance,’ Yoo said, and made a very brief presentation,” Cho Jin-seo reports. “Lastly, Lee Hee-sung, president of Intel Korea, had his turn. Going up to the podium, the energetic Intel Korea CEO pronounced that he would ‘do it in my own way as my predecessors have had a difficult time.’ But Lee also failed to kick off his presentation by himself, and had to be helped by the staff who looked as if they were expecting the same kind of problems to happen again.”

Full article here.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader Mike Buonarroti for the reminder.]

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