Let’s say you’ve got $100 to invest: AMZN or MSFT?

This past week, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the big Rotary Club of Seattle, talking about the Pacific Northwest tech economy with a group of leading investors and entrepreneurs. We talked about a wide range of issues — hiring, education, the tech investment climate, key startups to watch, and the direction of… Read More


Dividend increase is the latest sign of change at Microsoft

Microsoft is boosting its quarterly dividend to 28 cents a share, a 5 cent increase — slightly more than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. The company also says its board has authorized another $40 billion in share repurchases, replacing a previous repurchase program that was set to expire. “These actions reflect a continued commitment… Read More


Update: Google passes Microsoft in value for 1st time

[Update, Monday morning: It's official: Google passed Microsoft's market value for the first time in its history this morning, although it's going back and forth as their share prices fluctuate during regular trading today. We've updated the chart above. Original post follows.] Google’s stock price has been rallying recently, and the search giant appears on… Read More


Microsoft’s IPO, 25 years ago, and what happened after that

It was 25 years ago today — March 13, 1986 — that a personal-computer software company named Microsoft Corporation sold its shares publicly for the first time. Fortune magazine is marking the moment by reprinting the in-depth piece that followed Bill Gates and other company executives as they went through the entire process, including details… Read More