What 9 Tech Big Shots Said at D9

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Some of the industry's biggest players, from from venture capitalists to chief executives, got together to talk shop. Here's what they said.

The D9 conference, hosted by the Wall Street Journal's All Things D crew, is running this week in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. As befitting the WSJ, the lineup features a flock of heavy hitting executives from Google's Eric Schmidt to venture capitalist Marc Andreessen to Nokia's Stephen Elop.

The value of these on-stage interviews isn't so much what you learn about a company's financials but what you learn about how their leaders think, or as Tim O'Reilly put it, "My favorite thing about #D9 is the insight it gives into the character of tech leaders. It's less what they say, more how they say it." In that vein, we give you nine quotes from the big shots at the conference.

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Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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