Samsung’s president, chief strategy officer: I use Apple Mac, iPhone, and iPad

“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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  1. As much as anyone not on the Apple bandwagon on this planet I was sceptical of Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field, at first when I was still a hostage to Microsoft’s Stockholm Syndrome.

    When I bought my first Apple product, an iPhone 4, I became increasingly immersed in the Apple ecosystem that led to a MacBook Pro, an iPad 3, subsequently an iPhone 4S and a myriad of Apple appliances like an AirPort Express. When you’re ‘locked’ into the Apple ecosystem everything works seamlessly together. AirPlay off my AirPort Express is just brilliant – no wires anywhere.

    Samsung lacks an ecosystem – the best it can manage on the PC front is a MacBook Air knock-off running Windows 8. That is a poor substitute for an Apple experience.

    Once you go Mac, you never go back.

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

    So MDN thinks M$ is not a joke company?

    Young Son uses Apple products at home for RESEARCH and COPYING!

    1. I was wondering when someone would catch on to where Samsung’s marching orders to produce Apple like products came from.

      Now we see Samsung’s entire R&D department and the rest is just a bit of fiddling and seeing how Android can be made to emulate IOS.

  3. Actually, Samsung execs and R+D should be using competitors products to prevent from being myopic / having the blinders on. I work for a company that strongly discourages use of any competitors products, including Apple. It has caused way too many employees to like in a bubble…

  4. It sounds like the President of Samsung is making a subtle suggestion to Google and Microsoft to get their shit in order and create software products that rival the value of Apple’s.

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