[NTLK] Re[2]: Re[2]: Convincing argument against MS

From: Bradford Schmidt (brad_at_bradfordschmidt.com)
Date: Mon Jun 10 2002 - 17:10:23 EDT

Monday, June 10, 2002, 2:54:36 PM, Thomas wrote:

> So in your opinion, people who work for a corporation only care about making
> money?

That is not what I said. What I said is that it is the duty of those
who run the corporation to make it as profitable as possible. That is
their job.

> To keep his/her job and company afloat
> the CEO must make sure that money keeps coming in to keep the chairman (and
> CFO) happy, but he/she may have other goals, like build a cool product.

Actually, it's to keep stockholders happy, and to execute their
fiduciary responsibility to the company. But I don't know any CEO's
that would last a week building products that didn't in some way
contribute to the bottom line. So if they are making "cool" products,
it is most certainly to build the overall company. Otherwise they
should be tossed.

Thankfully, there is a good market for "cool" products even if those
who run many large corporations don't see it - witness the V70 phone
that was a real battle to bring to market for the design team at


Bradford Schmidt

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