Bud Lite salutes real men of genius

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmar on the iPhone, 2007. Hahahahaha! This guy gets paid a ton of money to run Microsoft, if you care.

January 2007:

INTERVIEWER: …  The Zune was getting some traction. Then Steve Jobs goes to MacWorld and he pulls out this iPhone.  What was your reaction when you saw that?

STEVE BALLMER: 500 dollars?  Fully subsidized? With a plan?  I said that is the most expensive phone in the world.  And it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard.  Which makes it not a very good email machine.

INTERVIEWER: How do you compete with that, though?  He sucked out a lot of the spotlight…

STEVE BALLMER: Let’s take phones first. Right now, we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year.  Apple is selling zero phones a year.  In six months, they’ll have the most expensive phone by far ever in the marketplace…

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  1. Microsoft has ruined themselves, and most of the companies that have purchased.

    I remember an investment guru, telling me shortly after Apple went public, that some day software companies would mature to be like car companies.

    MS has become GM! Apple seems to be Ford, at the moment.

    Google may ruin them all with a new digital world order.

  2. Anonymous

    Ballmer is the world’s highest-paid clown:

  3. Cos Cobber

    MS is certainly looking like GM circa 1983 or so. Still on top…but nothing in the pipeline. Can I somehow short Seattle between the MS and Boeing’s eventual shift to South Carolina?

  4. Anonymous

    Ballmer is a high IQ guy (would beat Billy Gates in math contests at Harvard) but an old marketing guy who trained at P&G post-college: neither an engineer by training nor a naturally clever, minimalist marketer like Jobs (but recall that Jobs was fired by Apple in mid-’80s; returned in ’97; and AAPL only regained stride ~’04 onwards)

    Ballmer is worth >$10Bn in MSFT shares; suspect he has a trivial paycheck and his net worth has gone nowhere, like MSFT shares, over past 10+yrs

    GOOG is today’s MSFT: a one-trick pony with some smart, flaky billionaire founders, long since retired…but who cares? Any investor can choose to invest where/when desired on next new wave of innovation or, more importantly, wealth creation….capitalism and natural selection are two-way dynamics