Friday, June 16, 2006

All Bill, all the time

I've had a fun day as an analyst. I did a couple of live interviews on the Bill Gates resignation from Microsoft thing. Report on Business Television (ROBTv) has the interview with Michael Hainsworth available on its home page:

Scroll down to here and click on the Play button:
2:15 PM ET The Trading Desk with Pat Bolland
Bill Gates Gives His Notice
Carmi Levy, senior research analyst, Info-Tech Research Group
Duration: 7 m 50 s
I also just came off a live interview on CFRA, a radio station in Ottawa. The region is Canada's high-tech corridor, so we speak with them often - and enjoy ourselves every time. If it ends up online, it'll be on the interview page.

If it isn't, I'd be happy to call you at home and tell you why I think the exit door at Microsoft hasn't finished spinning. CEO Steve Ballmer is next. You heard it here first.

Update: The MP3 of the CFRA interview is available here. Happy listening!


barbie2be said...

how interesting... i have thought Steve was on the way out for a while now, just never voiced it. because really... not even the voices in my head listen to me. ;)

you'll have to check back to my site on sunday, C. i'm taking my recently converted sister (she's Jewish, i'm not) to a really nice kosher italian restaurant in Berkeley tomorrow night before we go to see mikhail baryshnikov dance. i'll post a review of the restaurant in case you ever come to the bay area.

michele sent me this time.

Wordnerd said...

Gee, I just hope that Bill Gates has set aside enough for retirement... ;)

Visiting this evening from Michele's, although I'd have stopped by anyway!

ChaCha said...

I don't read the news for one day and all hell breaks lose with Bill Gates, must find out more information...omgoodness

colleen said...

Good interview, Carmi! Nice to hear you! It seems wierd that he's retiring in 2 years and it's making such big news now.

michele says hi.

surcie said...

You're so cool, Carmi.

Dara said...

Wow, you've got to admire someone who is devoting their lives to philanthropy. I guess that after you've amassed a certain amount of money, it becomes meaningless unless you can do something of value with it. I know there's probably more to it - I tend to view the world with rose colored glasses. Here tonight on my own and from Michele's - simultaneously!

margalit said...

Actually, I heard it here second. My friend at Microsoft was the first one to tell me he thought Ballmer was on the way out, too.

I think Microsoft needs to find a real visionary to get them out of the doldurms. Nothing they do now is new or has any spark to it. They need a new idea, a new product line, and new blood.

Here from Michele.

rampant bicycle said...

I'm with everyone else on this one - Microsoft really needs to do some serious rethinking. Those who presently manage "content" are generally in dire need of a new business model. Watching this with interest.

(Also, thank you for your kind comment - words. :) High praise indeed.)

Mike said...

I guess if I was worth billions I would retire too. It will be interesting to see what good causes Bill Gates decides to help with his money.

Michele sent me.

Karen said...

Carmi, I can't imagine how you can keep up with things in your industry. Not only does the technology change quickly, but in this business world of mergers and acquisitions, nothing seems to stay the same very long. You have a tough job, but you do it so well!

I think Bill Gates has so many more great things to do through his foundation. I really admire his philosophy of informed giving. A very wise model indeed.

Here via Michele's again and I'm glad I'm back!

Terri said...

I've always admired Bill Gates and heard about this on the national news the other night. I'm impressed with his "give back" attitude.
Now I'm off to hear that interview of yours.

Terri said...

Just saw your broadcast. Excellent. Gosh, I had no idea you were such a celebrity.
Very interesing discussion on Gates and Microsoft. Really enjoyed it.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Very interesting interview certainly answered the question I had about why Gates announced this so soon...and your answers to ALL the questions you were asked nake total sense...YOU are so knowledgeable, my dear Carmi...I dearly appteciate your expertise inthese matters...! And I am here from Michele today!