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[News] Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga?ANN.lu
Posted on 13-Jun-2000 08:51 GMT by Christian Kemp21 comments
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An anonymous poster left this link in a comment here on ANN. The article says, Tod Nielsen, vice president of developer marketing, becomes the latest in a string of high-profile departures from the software maker. Nielsen plans to join a startup in the greater Seattle area. Taking into account that Amiga Inc are located in the Seattle area (IIRC), and Bill McEwen made a very specific comment (read more, fourth paragraph) at the Neuss show, this might - but not necessarily has to be - an indication of things to come.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 10 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Steve on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (Anonymous):
From this Todd guy's comments in that article, I don't really know that I want him working for Amiga. He sounds like a loyal MS foot-soldier to me, and I can't see Bill hiring such a person.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 11 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by FireFlares on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Steve):
Time to grow up boys and girls. There s work to be done and decisions to be made, you've gotta admire Mr Mckewans balls for making em.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 1 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Elwood on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
At this end of the article it's written:
Nielsen said he will "continue to be a die-hard supporter" of Microsoft
Huh ???
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 2 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by David on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
I think the link about it being a Microsoft employee is pretty obvious if you see Bill McEwen's actions. It might be a good move for Bill Gates to get in on the act now since he needs two areas to concentrate on. The Amiga and PC should complement each other quite well.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 3 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
The ZDNet article states Nielsen is: "Tod Nielsen, vice president of developer marketing"
Developer hmmmm....
Bill said: (from Amiga-News.de)
"About the new Vice President of Engineering McEwen showed himself mysteryous"
Developer and Engineering, quite similar! :) It sounds quite obvious to me that Bill's latest signing is this Tod guy... :))
Now that would make a good news article in a newspaper "Another M$ Exec quits to join new startup, Amiga" :))
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 4 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous Coward on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Anonymous):
Sorry, Marketing and Engineering are completely different.
Ask the Commodore Engineering what they had in common with Commodore Marketing...
Groentjes...
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 5 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Brian H on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
It sounds all possible, but let's not get ahead of ourselves and make this rumor anything more than just a rumor. Sounds good though. ; )heh heh
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 6 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Jamie Wilson on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Anonymous Coward):
Commodore had a marketing department? :)
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 7 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by FireFlares on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Jamie Wilson):
It was called the marketing department although there marketing consisted of telling people not to buy Amigas. If you look through the moo bunny and look under the personalities section I think theres a bit on it there.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 8 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Holo-Holo on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Ah! sounds good!
But only 'cose Kro$oft could sell anything.
Even crap stuffs if they want..
Hum, thing they already doing....
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 9 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 12-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
I don't really like this guy. He interprets 'truth' a bit strangely...
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 16 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Brian H on 13-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
I guess a question to be raised, if in fact he is coming to Amiga, is why would he leave a company that he still is a die-hard fan of? What would make a man like this jump ship and go to a small startup? Perhaps it's the challenge that he would be atracted to. Maybe there are strained relationships in the Microsoft camp. Maybe he thinks he will be out of work after the split up. If he's going to Amiga, I can promise you he will initially be making way less. You get into Microsoft stock options, and these guys are rich. Why would he jump to Amiga? Hmmmm.....
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 14 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Dries on 13-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Let's hope not, see the following quote :
Nielsen said he will "continue to be a die-hard supporter" of Microsoft. "If anything, the judge's decision made me want to stay more -- because I won't be part of the team that celebrates when the appeals court overrules him."
Grtz Dries
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 15 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by FireFlares on 13-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 14 (Dries):
Do you really think AI are going to hire someone they think will work against them?
Come on, give them a bit more credit than that. If he's as talented as you have to be to work for Microsoft then we should be happy that such a talented team id forming around the new Amiga. I'm not an M$ advocate but apart form operating systems there are a lot of good Microsoft products.
-FF
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 13 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by gary_c on 13-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 12 (Brian H):
He has good business background but if he's still dedicated to Microsoft I
wonder how dedicated he can be to Amiga, which will be competing with MS in
some areas. Seems like he'd be kind warped, coming out of MS after so long.
There must be other qualified people who won't be bringing along his biases.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 12 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Brian H on 13-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Yup. Let's face it. This exec is a winner, and would have a great deal of incite and experience to add to the table. When work comes to work, it's a matter of getting it done, and that's the bottom line. How many people of the last 7-8 years have had passion for the Amiga, but very little substance. I hope he's the guy, but let's see......
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 17 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Michael Jantzen on 14-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
lest we forget that Seattle is a really hopping place for .com companies - for instance amazon.com home office is there.
Michael Jantzen ^_^
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 18 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Floid on 14-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 16 (Brian H):
He wants out (especially while his stock is still worth something), Amiga is something for him to do, and he has to talk nice about MS to avoid crashing the company's stock price. MS is actually supposedly a pretty nice place to work, they just tend to have strained relations with The Outside World.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 19 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by SirRUSH on 19-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 15 (FireFlares):
Talented and working for Micro$uck... Haha...!! Those are 2 words, "talented" and "Micro$uck" that do not go together.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 20 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Brad Ray on 19-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 16 (Brian H):
Bill Gates is a very dangerous man.
It's just like the old story, "That could never happen to me!"
He has said many times that he would do what it takes to win.
He also said that if a company does not protect itself, that he would
take it down if it got in his way.
This is a Dangerous move, but it might pay off if Amiga has protected
itself.
Former Microsoft exec to join Amiga? : Comment 21 of 21ANN.lu
Posted by Mickael cromer on 20-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
We can't really guess who's that tod...at least we can see
perfectly they're using 2 Gateway laptops on the photo
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