Re: WSJ on the VeriSign/Network Solutions merger

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Wed Mar 08 2000 - 01:24:53 PST

On Tue, 7 Mar 2000, Adam Rifkin -4K wrote:

> If I had $21 billion laying around, I'm not sure Network Solutions is
> the company I would buy, being as I could buy Microstrategy or Inktomi
> for that price, or Akamai, Exodus, or Infospace if I were willing to pay
> a little more... and since VeriSign is paying stock only, what's the
> real cost in printing up a few more pieces of paper anyhow?

21 Bazillion paper dollars...

That's enough to employ 21,000 70K/yr[+30k overhead] geeks for 10 years,
assuming they only need paper wages. Organized into disfunctionally
large groups of 21, you could run 1000 projects for 10 years. 21 full
time geeks is far more geek-power than most opensource teams I know of,
teams that routinely kick commercial butt. And some of those could be
hardware geeks, or entertainment geeks... or...

If I had 21 Bazillion paper dollars, I'd just hire the 21K paper geeks,
and put every last company out of business.

But since only 7 geeks of quality are not currently working two jobs
and a startup already, it's a moot point...

Hmmmm... sounds kinda like... Microsoft... Guess Billy G figured out.

- Adam L. Beberg
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