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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

December 13, 2006 at 1:20 PM

Google option plan sounds awfully familiar

This Google copying thing is getting ridiculous.

The search giant’s option plan was hailed as another great idea hatched in Mountain View, but it’s pretty similar to the employee stock option sale that Steve Ballmer arranged with J.P. Morgan Chase back in 2003 for Microsoft employees.

Does this mean some Googlers have underwater options? If so, yikes.

Is Google already concerned that employees don’t recognize the full value of their stock options? Double yikes.

What would really be interesting is if Google takes the next step, as Microsoft did three years ago, and phases out stock options altogether. It’s no longer a startup, after all…

Comments | Topics: Microsoft

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