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MSNBC: Unintended consequences [of MS breakup]

Apr 27, 2000, 21:31 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Whitehead)

"Here is a fact that the geniuses at the Justice Department may have never considered: if Microsoft is broken up, it could lead to the greatest brain drain of smart people in history."

"Microsoft's capital isn't oil. It's not telephone lines. It's not even operating systems and Web browsers. Microsoft's capital is people. Microsoft has built its business on the creativity of its people -- the intellectual property they have developed collectively over the past 25 years. If Microsoft is broken up, no matter what logic is used to create the smaller entities, the company of Bill Gates will evaporate."

"As a guy whose company manages human resources (we call it 'HR') for hundreds of dot-coms nationwide, my clients are licking their chops awaiting the inevitable exodus of a lot of very smart people should Microsoft face the chopping block. When HR people hear words like merger, acquisition or breakup, they immediately become recruiting maniacs and start burning up the phone lines."

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