[sf-lug] OLPC to become more like Microsoft...
sverma at sfsu.edu
Tue Mar 11 21:28:43 PDT 2008
jim stockford wrote:
> well, seems to me that the folks in the other silo
> companies are pretty much the same: market
> share is the goal, as is the annual bonus.
When I ask my class about the ultimate goal of a company, they always
say profit and not service. My view is that service is the ultimate
goal, and if the value proposition is worthwhile, customers will pay. I
wouldn't put Microsoft in a different category from the others.
Microsoft gets the attention because of their market share. In a choice
between cooperating vs. defecting, they usually defect.
OLPC has very different goals, but they have to play the game with these
companies because they have to operate within the same ecosystem as
Microsoft, Intel, etc. They'll need a CEO who not only understands the
game, but can play hardball when necessary.
Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA
> On Mar 10, 2008, at 11:54 PM, Usr Bin Sh wrote:
>> Cannot agree that people at microsoft are no different than in other
>> IT companies.
>> The whole microsoft's practice is built around profit (should i say
>> OLPC has totally different mission than getting a ticker on NASDAQ.
>> It should be non-profit like corporation, and its CEO should fit
>> In this sense having CEO may help OLPC a lot!
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>>> Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 21:48:13 -0700
>>> From: jim stockford <jim at well.com>
>>> Subject: Re: [sf-lug] OLPC to become more like Microsoft...
>>> To: Asheesh Laroia <asheesh at asheesh.org>
>>> Cc: Linux userGroup <sf-lug at linuxmafia.com>
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>>> as a note, the people at microsoft are no different
>>> from those at other companies in the "computer
>>> industry." the greatest of american sports is the free
>>> enterprise game, and most of the top executives are
>>> ferocious winners.
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