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Aug 3 '20 at 20:58 comment added frеdsbend @ChrisW Clearly, the Q&A model works for any topic. The difficulty in not fixating on an industry for your products is that you multiply the complications. Things like "Well, this works for bankers, but doctors don't seem to get it. How can we serve both at the same time, without having Teams for Doctors and Teams for Bankers?"
Jul 31 '20 at 23:30 comment added Asteroids With Wings The CMs were dropped more than six months ago. Where's the chaos? Teams is thriving. You're just scaremongering with nothing to back up your claims. At the very least you're asserting to know more about running a massive business than an actual CEO, which is rather unlikely.
Jul 31 '20 at 15:08 comment added jrh @ChrisW I'd be interested to hear more on the details of that but unfortunately I doubt that's publicly available, I still have a hard time getting into the heads of people that buy into private Q/A. Nobody I've worked for or with would have been the slightest bit interested (engineers, and management at all levels), so it must be a totally different environment, solving totally different problems, and that's pretty interesting to think about.
Jul 31 '20 at 14:04 comment added ChrisW @jrh What I gathered from the interview (from memory!) was that big-business C-level people met Joel at some party, said "How's it going?" and "Hey can we try it internally?" and Joel let ten of them have it -- companies like banks, maybe an oil company -- and forgot about it. It turned out their trying it worked very well for them, which surprised SE but told SE that that is a viable business model, a previously untapped market, which they now go all-in on. I imagine (don't know) the users mostly aren't developers -- maybe they're the banks' investors, etc., i.e. other kinds of technologist.
Jul 31 '20 at 13:18 comment added jrh Or to put it another way, if I pretend I knew nothing about SO or how the Q/A model worked, and somebody pitched it to me ("...organizing internal knowledge, etc..."), I'd probably say "How is that better than just putting documents on a sharepoint server and doing powerpoint presentation training sessions in meetings?" and that'd be the end of it because O365 is pretty much universal in a corporate environment and most employees will know how to use it.
Jul 31 '20 at 13:12 comment added jrh @ChrisW I'm not sure that's enough of a selling point but it might be part of it. I would take a wild guess and say that businesses swayed by something as vague as "studies say this saves you money" will have lots of options (tons of sites say that), and I'd guess they'll settle on a far more well known brand (e.g., Microsoft). I'm also not even really sure why a high level manager would care whether SO is geared towards developers, if anything I've seen a lot of general "productivity ideas" that fit "everyone" (and don't really mean anything),
Jul 31 '20 at 1:54 comment added curiousdannii @ChrisW Billion dollar companies would be looking at enterprise products. Teams would be more focused at small-medium businesses, right? I don't know what the biggest Team would be, but I feel like it would get unwieldy with thousands of users.
Jul 29 '20 at 13:28 comment added LinkBerest @chrisw yes, a Forbes or HBR or WSJ or etc article with statistics is a big deal. But from experience that is followed by them asking their "tech" guy or gal: "What do you think of this?" (if only to get some technical info to add to their report or proposal)
Jul 29 '20 at 10:01 comment added ChrisW Perhaps you're right but I'm not sure that -- i.e. enthusiastic users recommending to their managers -- is what drives sales. I thought maybe SE is selling to billion-dollar companies -- banks etc. -- and that the selling point is, "studies show that using this saves you money".
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