“Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services. And we think this is a good way to build something. These days I think more and more people want to use services from companies that believe in something beyond simply maximizing profits.”–Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a letter attached to the company’s $5 billion IPO filing.
“This one is for all the people who missed out investing in MySpace.”– A GeekWire reader responding to the Facebook IPO news.
“I don’t know a single investor who would give $1,000 to Microsoft over Facebook right now. There seems to be a little hometown bias in that conclusion.”– A GeekWire reader commenting on an analysis showing how Windows is far more profitable than Facebook.
“I don’t know a single investor who would invest $1,000 in a company that exists because it is trendy to use its only product. Facebook is an extremely risky investment. With Microsoft you at least know your money won’t disappear in 5 years….” — The response from another GeekWire reader on that same topic.
“End of the day, I believe this is by far the best result for us.” TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell after selling the Seattle startup company to Amazon.com. TeachStreet will be shut down as part of the deal.
“At the highest level, Google has one customer, and it is the advertiser. Users are inventory. But we also think about consumers, and small business, and enterprises, so that drives us to a different set of decisions.””–Microsoft communications chief Frank Shaw commenting about newspaper ads in which the company makes a bid to win customers from Google.
“Going to pre-empt the trolls here…analogy about titanic, Hindenberg, etc. followed by comment about low adoption of windows phone, then someone paid by MS will jump in and say something about the exciting future of windows phone, upset shareholder will say something about canning Ballmer, then mandatory comparison to Apple, ending with a snarky comment about how Android has more users than iOS. There done.”–GeekWire reader Thomas R. humorously summarizing the points many readers make in the comment threads when discussing Microsoft. In this case, the news was about Brandon Watson leaving the company for Amazon.com.
“Amazon and Microsoft have had a pretty comfortable relationship over the years. I believe Jeff Bezos has attended the Microsoft CEO Summit for many years, and Amazon has a lot of Microsoft DNA among its employee ranks. That said, it seems that Amazon and Microsoft are slowly, inexorably, becoming platform competitors: in the enterprise cloud (EC2 vs Azure), in digital content distribution (Amazon Video and Music vs. Zune Marketplace), and now finally in mobile operating systems (Amazon’s Kindle flavor of Android vs. Windows). I suppose this was inevitable, but for the benefit of customers I hope they can continue to support each other’s consumer platforms in the future.”–GeekWire reader SilverSee in that same post.
“That is literally the worst Four Seasons in the world.”–August Capital’s David Hornik in his “Shit VCs say” video.