I’m not sure how I feel about Microsoft’s plans to purchase LinkedIn. Microsoft’s vison as a professional cloud co. sounds like it should marry with LinkedIn’s professional network co., but to date Microsoft just doesn’t seem to have a lot of luck with vision purchases. I thought Nokia would end up a great idea. My post about lowering the prices point for smart phones around the globe never happened.
LinkedIn lost money last year. Jeff Weiner and Reid Hoffman are so use to success, it must have been a smelling salts moment. The buyout money was too attractive. When you are on a rapid rise you don’t have time to think sale. As the corner turns however one starts to consider.
I hope LinkedIn stays independent (under Microsoft) as Satya Nadella suggests. I’m worried it won’t. And don’t get me wrong, I am a Microsoft fan. Still a believer in the Windows phones. Still a big believer in Mr. Satya’s productivity focus. But it’s the “buy your way to success” mentality that is the concern. It’s not very Gates-ian. Bill Gates was a ruthless builder.
Still not sure about this purchase. It’s ballsy. If pushed to make a bet, I’d sadly say nay.
Peace to all.