If the Palm Pilot was the corporate digital tool of choice in 2000, today’s boardrooms are likely to be populated with iPads, according to one venture capitalist. “In nearly every board meeting I attend, multiple iPads are unfurled,” writes David Hornik of August Capital.
Writing at VentureBlog, Hornik remarks about the button-down set: “Where once they carried Palm Pilots, now they hold an iPad under their arm. iPad is the new cool toy.”
Why? Cisco and RIM have had better luck in the past becoming part of the executive suite. It seems the iPad is fast becoming the favored alternative.
“In a recent board meeting after every venture capitalist in the room pulled out his iPad 3G in matching black Apple case, one of the entrepreneurs in the room noted, ‘I take it the iPad is the new board room toy of choice.'”
Beyond its sleek appearance, the iPad seems to be more discreet than a laptop, offering all your applications with a touch of the finger.
The iPad’s one drawback appears to be typing. “I have yet to find anyone who can type with speed or accuracy on that thing,” Hornick writes.