Fed's New Rate Hike Eye Infections Money-Saving Tips Huawei Watch Ultimate Adobe's Generative AI Tips to Get More Exercise 12 Healthy Spring Recipes Watch March Madness
Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?
No, thank you

Takeover challenge: Keeping the talent

A News.com reader says a successful hostile takeover depends on whether lead programmers and developers stay or leave.


Takeover challenge: Keeping the talent

In response to the Feb. 6 column by Tom Taulli, "Barbarians at the gates of tech?":

You almost got it right. Sure, with the economy hurting, most employees would stay at a company that's a subject of a hostile takeover rather than leave. However, the best reason this type of acquisition almost never works for a tech company is this: The top, or "lead," programmers and developers usually end up leaving. It is those people who can either find a job at another company or set up a company on their own.

Therefore, a successful hostile takeover would depend on those lead programmers and developers staying. An example of this was IBM's hostile acquisition of Lotus in 1995. One of the crucial aspects to that acquisition was ensuring the allegiance of talent like Ray Ozzie, the creator of Lotus Notes.

Gerald F. Shields Jr.
Norfolk, Va.



Latest Headlines
display on desktop
Corning sees bottom in first quarter
FBI, SEC scrutinizing Global Crossing
NextCard trading halted, bank shut down
Judge consents to Microsoft hearing
Probe launched into Pac Bell DSL flap
Jamcracker reworks its software strategy
Alliance to improve home PC security
Pixar's "Monster" quarter
From high-tech to blue collar
Olympics: A cell phone nirvana?
Merger to dull HP's crown jewel?
Biathletes get wireless weapon in Games
A faster, leaner Olympics online
Can developers pull dollars from Palms?
Technology put to the Olympic test
Sun pulls Linux into a closer orbit
Linux-loving McNealy dons penguin outfit
Sun imagines world of virtual servers
FCC touts broadband success
This week's headlines