The Wall Street Journal is reporting today the big behemoth in Redmond wants to invest in FaceBook, about 5% to be precise. Speculators say that could mean a valuation of 10 billion or more. I’m sure if it was up to the Z-Dog he’d rather not “open the door” for MicroSoft or Google for that matter. Talk about a culture shock! But he needs the cash to grow his 300 employee company and make some infrastructure investments. He’s probably thinking of acquiring other assets as well.
Enter Warren Buffet! I know you’re probably thinking what a crazy idea. No way in a million years will he do it. We all know Warren Buffet never invests in anything he doesn’t know or understand about. I’m saying after all these years as Bill Gates best buddy and fellow billionaire he must have learned a thing or two about the software business and what better way to prove to Bill by buying a small stake in what is considered the hottest startup on the planet right now. It would also be a good opportunity to take the Z-Dog under his wing and teach the kid a few things about being a real businessman. I seriously think at this point in his life Mark Zuckerberg could use someone like Warren Buffet to advise and give him a lesson on how to run a multi-billion dollar company. If I’m reading this right I don’t think Zuckerberg wants to sell the whole thing to anyone and make a boat load of cash. I think he genuinely believes he can change the world and rightly so. Let’s face it, no matter how much you sugar coat it, both Microsoft and Google missed the boat on this web platform thing. Zuckerberg along with his team single handedly took an idea or concept and developed it to what it is today and companies like Microsoft, Google and Yahoo want a piece of it. That says a lot.
The last thing Zuckerberg should do is get involved with Microsoft. Microsoft is a huge bloated old company looking to compete with Google. Their heart IMO is not in innovation rather they are trying to save themselves from missed opportunities. I think Zuckerberg should approach someone like Warren Buffet for investment dough rather than the big behemoths. Of course I say that tongue-in-cheek knowing that he (Buffet) would never do it. But realistically speaking FaceBook needs an investor like Warren Buffet who is purely looking for value and a return on their investment and not for some competitive advantage.
So pick up the phone and call Warren, Mark!