“I made a wrong mistake,” Fugere says

Remember Brian Fugere? He’s the guy who said I should be fired last week in a speech at Microsoft’s campus. Well, today we had a very nice talk. He called to apologize. Said he did more work to see what kind of impact I, and the other bloggers here, have had. A few minutes ago he left a message in my comments where he explained more.

He still disagrees about whether I should take on Steve Ballmer or Bill Gates. I can see his point, which he makes here: “The problem is when technical evangelists get themselves confused with founders and CEO’s. So when Scoble rails against MS for their anti-discrimination policy (for example), he’s a rogue voice (regardless of how you feel about the issue) who happens to have an oversized megaphone.”

24 thoughts on ““I made a wrong mistake,” Fugere says

  1. I hope he took a portion of what he was paid and refunded Microsoft, or gives the money to you, Scoble for his idiocy. Another paid speaker who does his homework after the speaking engagement — and admits to doing so.

    Brilliant. I want to know where this guy is speaking next. Not.

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  2. I hope he took a portion of what he was paid and refunded Microsoft, or gives the money to you, Scoble for his idiocy. Another paid speaker who does his homework after the speaking engagement — and admits to doing so.

    Brilliant. I want to know where this guy is speaking next. Not.

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  3. He’s wrong. πŸ™‚ When Microsoft management makes braindead decisions (like the same-sex marriage bill fiasco), they need to be called out in public. These guys are billionaires who are used to having people agree with them. They don’t listen to shareholders or customers or even the government until push really comes to shove. The only check on these guys is to have a public voice like Scoble’s push them in the right direction. If Scoble cares about Microsoft, its employees, and its customers, he has a *responsibility* to keep talking, not to self-censor. Bill and Steve left soley to their own devices would run the company into the ground. Sadly, Scoble is way more in-tune with the state of computing today than they are.

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  4. He’s wrong. πŸ™‚ When Microsoft management makes braindead decisions (like the same-sex marriage bill fiasco), they need to be called out in public. These guys are billionaires who are used to having people agree with them. They don’t listen to shareholders or customers or even the government until push really comes to shove. The only check on these guys is to have a public voice like Scoble’s push them in the right direction. If Scoble cares about Microsoft, its employees, and its customers, he has a *responsibility* to keep talking, not to self-censor. Bill and Steve left soley to their own devices would run the company into the ground. Sadly, Scoble is way more in-tune with the state of computing today than they are.

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  5. Scoble is one of Microsoft’s great assets right now. He has more integrity in his pinky than Ballmer or Gates could ever dream of having – and the public knows this. Just recently, Ballmer was quoted in BusinessWeek saying that Vista has never been delayed! Liar. Given a congenitally dishonest CEO like than, just think how much worse off Microsoft would be without Scoble piping up to keep them honest.

    Keep up the good work, Robert! Don’t do anything different. Fugere can take his worthless, CEO-suck-up advice and his mea culpa and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

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  6. Scoble is one of Microsoft’s great assets right now. He has more integrity in his pinky than Ballmer or Gates could ever dream of having – and the public knows this. Just recently, Ballmer was quoted in BusinessWeek saying that Vista has never been delayed! Liar. Given a congenitally dishonest CEO like than, just think how much worse off Microsoft would be without Scoble piping up to keep them honest.

    Keep up the good work, Robert! Don’t do anything different. Fugere can take his worthless, CEO-suck-up advice and his mea culpa and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

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  7. Fuger is right. And some of these posts make his point. Anyone who thinks a company can just let someone rip the leadership in public is pathetically clueless. If Robert wants to be Microsoft’s public conscience, then he’s welcome to resign and do it on someone else’s payroll. Of course, then no one would listen to him because he doesn’t have a platform. can’t believe how pathetically naive some of your readers are Robert.

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  8. Fuger is right. And some of these posts make his point. Anyone who thinks a company can just let someone rip the leadership in public is pathetically clueless. If Robert wants to be Microsoft’s public conscience, then he’s welcome to resign and do it on someone else’s payroll. Of course, then no one would listen to him because he doesn’t have a platform. can’t believe how pathetically naive some of your readers are Robert.

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  9. Rouge voice ??

    Either one is a rouge or not !! One cannot have a rouge eye or nose or lung!!

    Brain did an admirable act. He spoke out (of turn) and then was called in by the community. He then apologies- this is good.

    As for scobles having a “blog megaphone” let scoble be the judge of what he wants to write or not write-at the end of the day he is responsible for his acts and words( whatever his opinion and issue) he will-also- be called in by his employee and the community at large. He blogs smartly- but that does not mean he is above the ‘law’ – he too could make mistake!
    And when that happens, it becomes “ciao” !! :)-

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  10. Rouge voice ??

    Either one is a rouge or not !! One cannot have a rouge eye or nose or lung!!

    Brain did an admirable act. He spoke out (of turn) and then was called in by the community. He then apologies- this is good.

    As for scobles having a “blog megaphone” let scoble be the judge of what he wants to write or not write-at the end of the day he is responsible for his acts and words( whatever his opinion and issue) he will-also- be called in by his employee and the community at large. He blogs smartly- but that does not mean he is above the ‘law’ – he too could make mistake!
    And when that happens, it becomes “ciao” !! :)-

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  11. As a longtime reader and critic (positive and negative) of Scoble’s blog, I’d have to say he’s earned the priviledge to speak his mind. There’s a reason why people read this blog: because the majority of time there are some good insights.

    Calling a blog a “megaphone”, however oversized it may be, implies that people are forced to listen to it. Think of one blasting over a crowd of people. That’s definitely not the case with a blog, so it’s a very poor analogy.

    A little constructive “heckling” to keep management honest can’t hurt things and neither can a little opinion. Having a paid critics on the inside can be extremely useful because they have an insider perspective most critics do not have.

    There’s a time and a place for following a leader without questioning their actions or responsibilities. How about 25 years ago or the military?

    Brian revealed in his comment what it’s really all about: fear. Don’t air our dirty laundry, people might think we’re human and that will destroy the company. People will fault us because we’re not perfect. What a load of marketing/PR bullshit.

    Keep pushing the envelop, Scoble. Peace.

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  12. As a longtime reader and critic (positive and negative) of Scoble’s blog, I’d have to say he’s earned the priviledge to speak his mind. There’s a reason why people read this blog: because the majority of time there are some good insights.

    Calling a blog a “megaphone”, however oversized it may be, implies that people are forced to listen to it. Think of one blasting over a crowd of people. That’s definitely not the case with a blog, so it’s a very poor analogy.

    A little constructive “heckling” to keep management honest can’t hurt things and neither can a little opinion. Having a paid critics on the inside can be extremely useful because they have an insider perspective most critics do not have.

    There’s a time and a place for following a leader without questioning their actions or responsibilities. How about 25 years ago or the military?

    Brian revealed in his comment what it’s really all about: fear. Don’t air our dirty laundry, people might think we’re human and that will destroy the company. People will fault us because we’re not perfect. What a load of marketing/PR bullshit.

    Keep pushing the envelop, Scoble. Peace.

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  13. Wow, andrew (#6), it looks like the only “pathetically naive” reader is you. The idea that employees should just shut up, censor their *opinions*, and fall into line so as to not embarrass management is idiotic. You remind me of Britney Spears during the aftermath of the Iraq war when she said people “should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.” Microsoft is clearly better off with Scoble doing what he’s doing.

    If you want to criticize him, do so for occassionally sucking up to management. His Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates videos on Channel 9 were stomach turning and made Scoble look like a sycophant.

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  14. Wow, andrew (#6), it looks like the only “pathetically naive” reader is you. The idea that employees should just shut up, censor their *opinions*, and fall into line so as to not embarrass management is idiotic. You remind me of Britney Spears during the aftermath of the Iraq war when she said people “should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.” Microsoft is clearly better off with Scoble doing what he’s doing.

    If you want to criticize him, do so for occassionally sucking up to management. His Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates videos on Channel 9 were stomach turning and made Scoble look like a sycophant.

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