The great British economist, John Maynard Keynes, said, “When facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?”
Talking of changing your tune, Who d’aPunk of Mini-Microsoft blog has this to say about Microsoft’s Company Meeting :
One word: Wow ! Short phrase: I think our customers are going to be delighted silly this coming year!
Investors realize that we can ship and what we are shipping is well worth investing in Microsoft. It’s their way of saying, “More, please!”
We never forget that a lot of what we’re shipping is a year or even years late and commit to never letting this happen again.
I love Microsoft and I especially love the Company Meeting. I am so thankful that it’s back and hopefully will happen again every year. Any vestiges of doubt or ennui get blown away once you actually see what we are on the verge of shipping. My only worry now is that we’re shipping so much that some really good stuff is going to die on the vine out of lack of attention.
Has Dr Who morphed into Robert Scoble? This is what we read about the same meeting over in Scobleland :
I just got back from Microsoft’s Company Meeting. My first “real” meeting. This is the one they hold in a local baseball stadium with 10s of thousands of employees. The sheer scale of Microsoft is impressive. Knowing that probably only 1 out 4 employees are even at the stadium. … Are we out of the game? Go ahead and keep believing that. There’s lots of reasons I haven’t left Microsoft yet to cash out and make more money. I had those reasons reaffirmed today and it’s still not over.
Almost makes you wish you were there, doesn’t it?
Update: Mini-Microsoft has responded to this piece as follows ~ “Microsoft Company Meeting 2005 follow-up: what, did I go and drink the Kool-Aid? Baby, I didn’t just drink the Kool-Aid, I shot it into my veins! At a superficial level, I enjoyed it through-and-through. And I was looking for a fun, superficial experience. It does make me very excited about what we will finally be shipping for our customers.” The “Kool-Aid” jibe came from the pen of Robert Scoble.