Scoble Interviews Ballmer

    July 11, 2005

Robert Scoble interviews Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Channel 9. 1 down, 1 to go. Time for big Bill G to show up on 9.

Boy, Ballmer sure is kooky :-)

From the transcript:

But, I look out at the world and I say who is doing the innovative stuff over the last few years?’ Did IBM out innovate us? I don’t think so. I don’t think they’ve done much interesting at all. What about Oracle? I don’t think they’ve done much innovative at all. What about the open source guys? Ah, the business model is interesting but we haven’t seen much in the way of technical innovation. People cite Google. Google has done some interesting stuff. We’ve done some interesting stuff. Peace. There are going to be some other companies that do some innovative work. And our job is to go out and do what we’re gonna do which is to out-innovate them going forward. Which is what we will do, even in their prime domain of search.

I think at the end of the day developers, though, more than almost anything wanna know “are you guys gonna win?” Because the technical stuff is interesting, very interesting, very important, but people want to bet on platforms that are going to win because platforms that win get more support. Get more management tools. They get more of everything. I think our track record has shown a consistent track record of winning and even in areas, like the Internet, where people we weren’t gonna win we came back to win. So, I’d say to us “are you guys still committed to winning?” Of which the obvious answer is “absolutely we are” and that success of our platforms benefits our developers.

Robert Scoble interviews Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Channel 9

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