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There's gentlemen thanks for joining us and basic premise there -- -- companies that are such a disaster that even if they are you fortunate going to -- it.
If you can't turn it around you just really tarnished reputation they -- there's nowhere to go but up in some of these companies like JC -- but -- other -- you can go down further.
It's got you you protect as the one you would run from the very -- -- -- JC -- how.
Well it's funny too because let's -- not only can you go down a -- your partition but you waste time right -- on on wasting your time on and on a bad company because.
I think that's what JC Penney is -- mean I don't even think -- they would tell you.
Where they could tell you who their target audience is certainly I think the general public does not know therefore they don't go in the stores.
Secondly the brand itself just doesn't have any loyalty it's a very tough business being in retail.
We've seen that from this year in a lot of companies out there are struggling to some of the consumer.
And the last thing is they got tons a real estate.
And what actually might save the company because the real estate debating on what bank her best to beg you believe is worth say to go to three to four billion dollars.
The problem is nobody goes -- the stars anymore so it's useless.
And James you know I was surprised you picked to -- -- a lot of dogs on this list I mean it was Barnes & Noble.
Where you may -- -- run this company -- -- Len Riggio like over your shoulder telling you what to do all the time in the we have the founder in there.
Really wreaking Havoc with what you want to do Martha start living Omni Media whatever it's called same problem you know people complain you have her in there.
Micromanage what -- probably know better than I would much about it but I want her secret what does it but what I bear -- -- well.
You know maybe never run from is a little strong but I just to me that looks like a tough situation because you've got a lot of really Smart people.
Engaged in reinventing the payment system you've got -- tech companies like square doing -- -- -- interesting thing with mobile payments then you've got -- out there -- kind of reinventing money and how people -- -- -- the -- I just I'd rather be one of the upstarts than the incumbent in that business.
Okay that makes sense Brian you said you would never take over Microsoft.
We just assisting because Microsoft I mean that is -- -- east has step amnesty -- choose.
They're kind of a one trick pony they've had a hard time and other businesses on the other hand have a ton of -- I mean it wouldn't really be that part of -- job.
Well fair to say I want to have the same Carolina's Steve Ballmer in three months I would take this job I I did my hair I'm not taking the gate.
But here's what's gonna have and you gonna come and you're going to be under the watchful eyes of Billy gates that could really -- the next three to six months who.
Runs -- -- that runs the risk of him maybe telling secrets Warren Buffett.
On the golf course tiger's Fridays are working number two he also going to be exposed to the negative corporate culture inside Microsoft if -- losing culture.
I want to all the philosophies that you've worked so hard to develop over the past ten to twenty years -- -- himself but the key executive could be torn down most importantly the company is set up to lose we lift -- to a split off assets like the street wants.
Does the -- work on a standalone business I'm not to charm Xbox is -- a proper business PC no -- -- PC and you don't have mobile strategy lose lose.
Okay James ironically.
You Microsoft as the company with -- Yeah I'd like this opportunity I'm I'm declaring -- your show my eligibility to serve the ultimate wearing for the NBA draft -- yeah.
Yeah -- exciting but.
But seriously would Microsoft -- I think people forget how profitable this company is.
And how much it's embedded in the American economy the world economy I mean even if they -- They haven't done that brilliant things on the consumer and would mobile everybody uses the the office products that the corporate network they're there embedded there and he's got a lot of room for error it's trading very cheaply right now expectations are low and I think apple looks like may -- -- tough competitor in the post jobs era.
Yeah Brian -- -- wrong about all that.
Policy expectations are not all because you're gonna come in there are what happens when your new CLU normally you're given a honeymoon period you that -- zero honeymoon period on Microsoft.
Because the Wall Street wants change they want active cells they want you to raise cash.
And they want the company to do so many great things in mobile and on why the nets that microphone more Microsoft has become.
Because the ball moves and -- the moves also gates gates a -- approved.
Not use -- you would take over pandora.
Yeah I love pandora and it was signing into these kind of like Internet radio kind of you know distribution channels for awhile as far as -- -- -- -- in the world.
And pandora is a really cool -- they're way ahead of some of the other competition and I think that's really the important thing is.
Cut almost like Microsoft they do have that brand that's out there I mean that's why they have the most listeners could they've been around the longest in people trust them -- there.
Working in socialization.
And amidst the products and you're -- to be -- socialize more their friends through the app by sharing music and things like that I think that's really -- Also at the end of the day isn't about the deliverable and that to me is the songs that are coming into your ears and pandora has a great way of giving you kind of the new discovery or the new music that you're looking for that I think some of the other competitors don't have so.
It -- to me is why they're the leader and why they'll stay here.
Are calling you now because that was very convincing -- -- you could bring your phone number at the bottom of the screen you might get a call for that job what kind of salary would you want -- that by the -- just rookies are watching.
How about this I'll take a dollar and 88 did that meet any musician I want to cut down and fix our rights at all about the music Brian you like electronic arts you just you know -- video game darker.
All the -- -- are obviously one -- I used to be a former gamer but ironically that is my reasons why wanna take his job.
Because you get to travel around get to go to a lot of trader expose you get have a little release in a job it's all high pressure and you get a lot to gain access to the games free kids that's -- winner.
That does not make me wanna hire you for this job -- kind of like you want this -- You wanna play the games yet wanna go to the conference -- -- this word gaffes like -- like.
OK but you are looking come in -- -- won the job your two major growth drivers within electronic arts.
And I the holiday season Xbox one in the PlayStation four you'll have to do anything.
You just have to deliver the games at the old CEO in the old team investigating.
And that's about what exactly built in real sharp also I also think electronic arts is going to be taken over and how do you compensate -- tech company -- stock options you can leave the US senate -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Because I think that's kind of the problem with E.
SPORTS though is that the -- games are really working anymore I mean that's the one thing it's kind of caught up to them -- all these new companies like Zynga for example.
Have made better games -- made a more mobile.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I mean I wanna bring it back to the actual topic we -- talking about here would you take over company that is really down and -- is -- -- doing it and and not succeed and not get tarnished but can you walk away without your reputation trashed -- -- -- Ron Johnson type person I mean.
Yeah I would end.
To say you can't be -- certainly his serve his reputation has taken some dense they he went in and tried to fire all their customers and I didn't work another kind of back to their old does struggle so.
So I guess is that you know I'm part Irish I know it can always get worse but but I think that.
That if you're coming in would -- expectations.
That is an opportunity had a and that's why Microsoft I mean they're good stock price W the expectations have been beaten down.
I feel like these guys found and they always get jobs -- -- -- that we did fail and -- it turns out anyway let's government yet Britain can't -- testing guys thanks so much appreciate your time and I learned a lot of money to view some of it.
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