The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week.
“Just got this email from a VC: “Just touching base to see if you’re actively seeking venture funding for Zillow.” Um, we went public dude.” — Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff on Twitter.
“Just got an email from a recruiter for a CEO position: ‘You must be passionate about the electronic dance music industry.’ Huh?” — Spencer Rascoff on Twitter a day later.
“Paul Allen should definately [sic] be on this….I mean whats up here???!!!???” — GeekWire reader JJTA800 on the inaugural class for the Entrepreneur Walk of Fame in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Honorees included Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mitch Kapor, Thomas Edison, Bill Hewlett, David Packard and Bob Swanson.
“We are pretty excited to be here … Wait, this is Microsoft. We are super excited to be here today.” — Windows President Steven Sinofsky, poking fun at one of his company’s linguistic habits, before previewing Windows 8 at the Build conference in Anaheim.
“From the chipset to the experience, Windows 8 re-imagines what Windows can be.” — Sinofsky puts the new operating system in perspective.
“In a sense, you could say that if Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined, we’re also in the process … of re-imagining Microsoft.” — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at the conference the next day.
“Nooooooooo!!!!” — Darth Vader‘s new line in a scene from the new Blu-ray update to the Star Wars franchise, one of several additions by George Lucas drawing the ire of hard-core Star Wars fans.
“The only edits I want done to Star Wars films is a 100% redo on all 3 prequels.” — Chris Pirillo on Twitter.
“Not many people know that ooo-teedee in jawa means “quick! Act like we’re in a star wars movie!” — Stephen Toulouse on Twitter.
“jebus, techcrunch, your tech blog is reading like a livejournal page, please delete the drama/resignation posts.” — Digg founder Kevin Rose on Twitter, all the soap opera at the big Silicon Valley tech blog.
“I’ll be launching my new (personal) blog in a couple of days.” — TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington on Twitter.
“Mac for home, Linux for work and Windows for my parents.” — Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec, our latest Geek of the Week, explaining her personal technology landscape.
“Remember RSS? It’s back — and now your less-computer-literate friends know how to use it.” —GeekWire reader on Facebook’s new subscribe button.
“I would seriously kill myself if I had to live or work in Redmond. No anti-MSFT bias here, it’s just a horrible soul-sucking strip-mall-filled suburban wasteland.”– GeekWire reader on a new report that Redmond, Wash., is one of the happiest cities for young professionals.
“As Yoda would say, Seattle entrepreneurs need to ‘do or do not, there is no try.'”–GeekWire reader Ron Faith commenting on a guest post by Box.net CEO Aaron Levie about why the company relocated from Seattle to San Francisco in 2005.
“Breaking: Nokia “loses” thousands of prototype Windows Phone 7 handsets in bars around country. No one notices.”–Tech journalist Glenn Fleishman on Twitter.
“If there was 1 person in the US who was worth $1 trillion and creating a trillionaire tax would erase all U.S. debt, would you vote for it?”–Newsvine co-founder Mike Davidson commenting on Twitter about the so-called “Buffett Rule” tax proposal from President Obama that would increase taxes on millionaires.