Google Cloud CEO explains what makes new technologies last

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian has seen plenty of new technologies appear and fade away over his career.

“The heart of trying to deal with technology and disruption is identifying those technologies that will last for a long time,” he told a crowd at Cleveland’s blockchain and tech conference, Blockland Solutions.

“The ones always succeed in the end are those that change convenience and economics for either a company or for consumers.”

The key piece of advice Kurian offered was especially pertinent to the Solutions crowd spending the week exploring new possibilities in blockchain and cybersecurity.

Kurian brought up the example of a smartphone. That piece of technology became widely adopted because it made life easier by bringing together a slew of functions in one device.

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Written by Emily Bamforth.

Originally published December 10, 2019.

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