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Consumer Tech Week: CEOs of Logitech, Abbott, AMD, Qualcomm, +More
Bracken Darrell of Logitech, Robert Ford of Abbott, Lisa Su of AMD
Under ordinary circumstances I would have been at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, but Omicron had other plans. Regardless, I planned a "Consumer Tech Week" on CNBC — getting insight from some of the leading companies and executives in consumer tech, across accessories, semiconductors, health and services.
David Cancel from Drift was the guest for my Working Lunch segment, and the stock market turbulence was the subject of On the Other Hand. Enjoy!
Drift CEO David Cancel on Learning about Sales, and Enhancing Services with Software: Working Lunch
What if software could read the room and jumpstart the sales process? That’s part of the promise of Drift, whose CEO, David Cancel, was the guest for our first CNBC Working Lunch of 2022:
The Nature of the Gaming Audience is Changing, and Other Insights from Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell
I've been chatting about consumer tech with Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell for the better part of a decade. Whether it's gaming equipment, iPad keyboards, bluetooth speakers, home security cameras, microphones or other categories, Logitech has shown a knack for assembling a relevant portfolio of products. This week he joined me on TechCheck to share his perspective:
Five years ago, in one of my first couple dozen Fortt Knox interviews, I sat down with Bracken. Still one of my favorites:
Abbott CEO Robert Ford on the Company's Plans for Lingo Bio-wearables, Testing
In a notable first for the Consumer Electronics Show, a health company CEO gave a major presentation. That was Abbott CEO Robert Ford, and he joined me for a conversation afterward:
AMD CEO Lisa Su on New Chips for Laptops, Gaming
AMD has made tremendous inroads selling powerful PC chips at an affordable premium these last few years, as rival Intel has faltered. AMD CEO Lisa Su joined me to discuss the company's latest laptop chip lineup, and trends in gaming:
Leading with Car Tech, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon Talks the 5G Future
Qualcomm traditionally has been associated with phones, and new CEO Cristiano Amon has been pushing hard to make sure everyone knows he sees the technology branching far beyond that. At CES this year his main focus was cars, and partnerships with some of the biggest brands:
Amazon Devices & Services Chief Dave Limp on the Centrality of Voice
Amazon has become a central consumer electronics company with Alexa working in multiple non-Amazon devices, Kindles and Amazon Fire devices driving media consumption and Ring doorbells advancing security. I talked to Amazon SVP Dave Limp about what's next:
Is the Fed-Induced Selloff Overdone? On the Other Hand
Stocks tumbled on 1/5/22 after investors got a close look at just how quickly the Federal Reserve is looking to both raise interest rates and cut the amount of bonds it's holding. Is that a healthy reaction? I argued both sides in the latest edition of On the Other Hand, on CNBC's Squawk Box:
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