Can't help but be reminded of a single panel cartoon were a start up was pitching to some VCs and the VC says, 'So your strategy is to be bought by IBM.'
Microsoft is stretching out its foot to dip a tentative toe into the waters of early stage investment, under a revamp of its Microsoft Ventures programme. Announcing the plans to plough more money into startups, Nagraj Kashyap, veep at Microsoft Ventures, said: "In Microsoft’s history of engaging with and supporting startups, …
Tuesday 31st May 2016 13:26 GMT andykb3
"Traditional desktop and laptop sales are down the toilet, our mobile strategy has failed although we do make some great 2-in-1 hardware (that often doesn't wake up) and we are having to play dirty tricks on our own customers just to get them to upgrade to Win10, even though it's free! We have no idea what's coming next, let alone have any ability to shape it - but someone out there has some great ideas and we want a piece of them before we lose all relevance."
Tuesday 31st May 2016 16:03 GMT bombastic bob
I'd get them to invest in MY company, but...
I'd get them to invest in MY company, but... the kinds of things I work on wouldn't be in their _perceived_ best interest. And I'd hate to have the ones pulling the purse strings directing me to do things WRONG. Having the $ would be nice, especially NOW. I could probably use it to turn things profitable for them in the long haul, while paying my rent and having some left over to buy things.
But having them breathe down my neck and do what THEY perceive as "the future" ('play' to get paid in other words) would just get in the way. Past Performance Predicting Piss Poor Products in their case. *sigh*.
Tuesday 31st May 2016 16:29 GMT Mikel
Preparation is key
You will want to learn key protocols for dealing with the Redmond giant: https://rcpmag.com/Articles/2007/07/01/Minding-Your-Microsoft-Manners.aspx?m=1
And maybe look at what happens when you "win" a partnership deal: http://www.asymco.com/2011/02/11/in-memoriam-microsofts-previous-strategic-mobile-partners/
Tuesday 31st May 2016 18:39 GMT Anonymous Coward