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The Slow Incubation of Disruptive Technologies - Steve Ballmer (Microsoft)
Date: 5/6/2009
Length: 1 minutes
Speaker(s): Steve Ballmer
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Important ideas aren't born overnight, stresses Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. They can take up to a decade or more to truly come to light. Examples of projects worth the wait include Windows, SQL databases, and the Google search
engine. Hard work, he promises, will lead a revolution in the end.

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