Ford CEO Mark Fields says ‘dynamics get very funky ‘ in talks with Google and Uber

Partnerships require a “cultural fit.”

Ford CEO Mark Fields didn’t explicitly explain why partnership talks with Google and Uber fell through. But he did say that “cultural fit” was a crucial aspect of any acquisition or partnership talks at Ford.

Fields was asked about these potential linkups Tuesday at Recode’s third annual Code Conference.

“What we want from anybody that we partner with is: One, that there is an equal amount of benefit that each company can bring to the party,” Fields told onstage interviewers Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka in response to their questions about why Ford didn’t end up partnering with Google or Uber.

“The dynamics get very funky very quickly if somebody thinks they’re getting screwed,” Fields said. “And two: Cultural fit, because you’re going to be working with these folks. Beyond what the spreadsheet says, you’ve got to make sure there’s a cultural fit.”

Without revealing too much, Fields said the company “talks to everybody” about potential partnerships or acquisitions.

“There will be news coming out over the next months and years about this,” Fields said. “As we talk with a lot of different partners, it’s again about that cultural fit and really trying to solve something.”

Asked whether we have seen “peak car” ahead of a decline of growth in his industry, Fields said he was still bullish on the core business of selling and manufacturing cars, but added that the company recognizes that it needs to “up their game” in delivering advanced technologies.

“We ask ourselves three questions,” he said regarding which technologies Ford chooses to explore. “Where do we want to play? [Then] we have to be really honest with ourselves and ask, how do we win? Is there a business model in there for us to make money? What are the capabilities we need? In some cases, we’ll have the capabilities in house; in some cases; there are other companies [that do it well].”

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Xiaomi and Microsoft sign patent cross-licensing, app pre-install deal

Microsoft and Xiaomi have announced that the companies have reached an agreement that will see the companies cross-license patent portfolios, as well as pre-load Skype and Microsoft Office on future Xiaomi Android phones and tablets. Details on exactly which patents from each company are to be licensed were understandably not revealed, but we do know that apps will arrive on new phones sold starting in September 2016.

The deal, which was announced both on Twitter by Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra and in a press release from Microsoft, was summed up nicely by Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi:

We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership. As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans.

Microsoft has struck plenty of app pre-load deals with other manufacturers — most notably Samsung starting with the Galaxy S6 — and has also managed to work out patent cross-licensing deals with others, particularly in lieu of payments for direct licensing of Microsoft’s intellectual property.

As you’d expect, this deal seems beneficial for both parties.

Microsoft will soon have its leading apps pre-installed on phones and tablets coming out of one of the biggest phone and tablet manufacturers in the world, which is a large part of Microsoft’s current strategy. At the same time, Xioami may be able to leverage this patent licensing deal to launch its devices in more regions, such as Europe and North America, where the threat of litigation is higher — the company’s success, as great as it is, is currently limited primarily to Asia, India and Brazil.

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Xiaomi agrees to load Microsoft Office and Skype on its phones

It’s part of Redmond’s revised mobile strategy as it moves away from Windows-based phones.

China’s Xiaomi has become the latest Android phone maker to sign a deal with Microsoft to preload Office and Skype on its devices.

It’s part of Microsoft’s revised mobile strategy which focuses on getting its software and services onto iOS and Android devices rather than trying to sway people to Windows-based phones.

Microsoft already has deals in place with Samsung, Acer, LG and others.

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Nest CEO Tony Fadell talks live backstage at the Code Conference

Hear about his latest venture — a startup building electric go-karts

Tony Fadell is a busy man. The CEO of Nest, the connected device company, is also, as he announced earlier this week, involved with running Actev Motors, a startup building electric go-karts for children.

At the opening of the Code Conference, he spoke with The Verge’s Lauren Goode about that startup, Nest and his thoughts on cars and design .

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