Samsung details Innovation Centers in San Francisco and New York, focusing hard on software + hardware marriage
David Eun, presently serving as EVP at Samsung’s Open Innovation Center after stints at AOL, Google, Time Warner and NBC Entertainment, just took the stage here in Dana Point, California during the opening night of D:Dive Into Media 2013. Given the media / content focus of the event, the conversation between Eun and host Kara Swisher revolved almost entirely on Samsung’s role in the world of content, production, connectedness and distribution. Starting things off with a bang, he affirmed that Samsung is opening two new Innovation Centers that’ll act as idea accelerators. In a way, this is Samsung getting into the funding game, which certainly adds a new twist to an industry that has largely been dominated by angels that aren’t necessarily a part of a major corporation. Initially, one will be opening up in the Bay Area, while the other gets planted at an undisclosed location in New York City.