10-15-2013, 05:10 AM #1
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Burberry chief executive to join Apple | T3
And the poaching begins...
Learn Microsoft...instead of recycling old talent, get some fresh faces on board and start from Square 1...
This is your moment!
On a side not, Lumia 920 is now for JUST 20K in India!! WOOOOT!
- 10-15-2013, 05:12 AM #2
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- 10-15-2013, 06:43 AM #6
Hmm not a great move in my opinion. Designer clothing has no similarities to designer tech - as for the innovation that gets mentioned multiple times in that article neither apple nor burberry have been innovative for years. The only similarities both are used to is exorbitantly inflated prices.
Wait - what am I saying its a perfect move - both burberry buyers and iphone owners are the same breed of sheep.
- 10-15-2013, 06:49 AM #7awwwww how sweeeeeet. thanks !
- 10-15-2013, 07:07 AM #8
Wouldn't work for MS - come to think of it I don't think anything would. MS could cure AIDS and the media would still rag on them for probably starting the virus in the first place.
- 10-15-2013, 07:28 AM #9
a) software companies
b) hardware companies
c) cloud services companies
while a sleeve with diamonds and gems prolly wouldn't sell very well (and the price might have something to do with it) for surface or iphones...
it's the corner stitches that some folks can tell need improving. a small change in a bezel here, and a small change in an edge radius there, adds up to a very nice handset feel. my point was, get as many people that are proficient at SELLING things (wether or not there is real value in the things sold, vs just 'prestige') instead of more fat cat corporate types that will -only- be concerned with their own golden parachute.awwwww how sweeeeeet. thanks !
- 10-15-2013, 08:03 AM #10
Selling things is down to the marketing department which to date has been pi$$ poor for Microsoft. I agree with you there get new marketing people in definitely but I wouldn't ever think of say putting CEO of Hollister in a top position at Microsoft. Get people in that will drive the company forward quicker to get them ahead of the competition, start implementing some of that awesome tech that R&D are sitting on and have patents for, get people in that will get them ahead.
My point still stands about comparing the companies though, rightly or wrongly iphones, ipads and mac's are fashion accessories and status symbols. Getting someone in that's been successful selling fashion accessories and status symbols is perfect for them. MS tried being fashionable once it failed miserably with the original surface adds. Nothing MS does or has done can ever be considered fashionable.
Oh yeah - and ive seen plenty of fake diamond encrusted iphone and ipad cases can pick them up from most market stalls for £5
10-15-2013, 08:29 AM #11
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920 is much cheaper than 20K ... donno if the offer still exists (it is diwali deals time in India , similar to Black Friday deals)
Killer Deal: Lumia 920 available at flipkart for just Rs.16,999! | wp-Hub
- 10-15-2013, 09:07 AM #12
There is likely more going on behind the scenes than whats being reported. My #1 question would obviously be why would a person already holding a CEO title for the past 10+ years resign to take a lower position? A much lower position at that. She may have seen the writing on the wall and got out before she was shown a door. Of course you could add Elop to that list as well but I think he has his sights on bigger things. This lady isn't going to be in line for a shot of CEO at AAPL.
To the OP: Don't discount old talent. They keep the arrogant youngsters in line from making the same mistakes as their predecessors.Support your third-party developers. There just about all we have...
- 10-15-2013, 10:10 AM #16Support your third-party developers. There just about all we have...
- 10-15-2013, 10:34 AM #17
I honestly don't believe there is a person out there that can fill the role that MS needs at CEO with the new direction they are taking. Its a massive task when you think about it.
- 10-15-2013, 11:03 AM #18Support your third-party developers. There just about all we have...
10-15-2013, 11:34 AM #19
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10-15-2013, 12:10 PM #20
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I think this will probably work out fine for Apple as a replacement for their retail operations executive, but this doesn't make any sense at all for Ballmer's replacement or anything else that MS is doing. I'm kind of lost on the "this is how it's done Microsoft" title of this thread. What part of this is MS supposed to learn from? Getting someone from the outside? I think they already know that is an option, but they also have a lot of very talented people internally that shouldn't be ignored. Beyond that, there is nothing useful in the strategy for MS. Hiring a fashion industry executive may work well for Apple because in many ways Apple is a fashion company first and a technology company second (or third...eh...forth?). MS on the other hand is unquestionably a technology company.
Personally, I would like to see another true geek like Gates in charge of MS for a while. A person like that would put a lot of emphasis on making sure all the cool little technology details were working consistently in each and every product. The marketing departments and sales groups can run themselves as long as the products themselves are good.
- 10-15-2013, 12:47 PM #23
jeans and a turtle neck, like jobs ? no, there was only one jobs. i wasn't implying that at all. the 'anyone but another balmer' was refering to -not- filling the slot with another corporate executive that has a golden parachute. i think i said that. or maybe thought it and redacted it.
'rolling up their sleeves' ? really ? have you ever seen the owner, ceo, cfo, or anyone in upper management actually get 'dirty' ? the monkey boy dance doesn't count, that was sweat, not dirt. they don't GET dirty, they talk a lot, and make wide sweeping phrases like "going to war!" amount to a snail fart in the real, physical world. or less.
if you still believe in people that use the phrase "rolling up their sleeves", and they don't happen to be a orthopedic surgeon, i'm sorry.
another corporate thinking suit will make another corporate move: for themselves first (the initial contract, and parachute) and worry very little about the carnage they reap on the company in the future.
what you -really-need- at microsoft is an infusion of new talent, not more 'rolling of sleeves' and gobbledy gook marketspeak. THAT is when it will turn a new.awwwww how sweeeeeet. thanks !
- 10-15-2013, 12:53 PM #24
Considering the amount of steam this thread is generating, this image suits the thread.
Specially when you hire a fashion expert in a technology firm, wonder next phone will be made of clothes :s
10-15-2013, 01:22 PM #25
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Meh - Nearest Apple or Microsoft retail stores are a 3 hour/200+ mile drive. Don't really care about the retail impressions outside of the carrier's displays.
Don't forget, the previous Apple Retail Chief was also a fashion industry "outsider."
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