The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds |

Business / Technology

Our network sites | Advanced

Brier Dudley's Blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

E-mail Brier| 206.515.5687 | Follow Brier on Twitter| Microsoft Pri0 blog| RSS feeds Subscribe | Blog Home

May 19, 2008 11:20 AM

Ballmer's Yahoo cannonball washes over Wetpaint's splash

Posted by Brier Dudley

You've got to feel for little Web companies making their big announcements today, such as Wetpaint's "Injected" launch and funding deal I wrote about today.

It's nowhere near the scale of a Microsoft-Yahoo partnership, but it's a nice story for Wetpaint, which now has enough money and oomph to ride through the choppy conditions.

Wetpaint CEO Ben Elowitz told me the money gives the company "the flexibility to ride out cycles." It also gives him resources to go after top-level talent. He said he's going to expand the company by going after quality, not quantity.

"It really does allow us the flexiblity to be aggressive -- you will see us looking for very high quality candidates in town,'' he said.

But today, everyone's eyes are on the next installment in the Yahoo-Microsoft soap opera.

Sunday's development brought to mind a reader who gave me grief for saying that Microsoft's Yahoo Offer 1.0 felt like a middle-aged guy bidding on a 1999 Corvette.

The 1999 Vette's weren't that great, and a boomer is more likely to go after one of the mid '60s classics, he said.

Now it's sounding like Steve Ballmer only wanted the engine in the '99, because he's building his own hot rod (and not just another Range Rover).

Digg Digg | Newsvine Newsvine

No comments have been posted to this article.







Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Browse the archives

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

February 2009

January 2009

December 2008



Demo of the Week:

Share your thoughts!

Gadgets and games | Fun stuff I've written about lately includes Apple's iPhone, Hewlett-Packard's HDX laptop and Microsoft's Halo3. Also on the radar are new digital video boxes such as the Tivo HD and the Vudu.