The fear that Apple evokes in Silicon Valley is getting worse by the month.
Yell "Apple!" in a theater crowded with Silicon Valley executives and watch how fast they head for the exits. Or, more realistically, drop the name into an interview and suddenly even the most long-winded marketing manager is speechless.
This has always been vexing for me because the fear creates an iron curtain past which only Apple-sanctioned information can pass, at least in the U.S.
Pretty much every person at every company that I talk to is under special orders not to utter a … Read more