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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

May 4, 2006 at 3:01 PM

InfoSpace’s biggest challenge

InfoSpace’s CEO Jim Voelker spoke to a roomful of business folks at the Bellevue Courtyard by Marriott this afternoon as part of a Bellevue Chamber of Commerce event.

After his presentation, he fielded questions from the crowd. A couple of them evoked thoughtful answers from the Bellevue company’s leader.

One question was on how Bellevue’s economy affected the company. He said the company’s biggest challenge when it came to the local economy was recruiting talent to the area.

“As wonderful of a place as the area is, it’s hard to get people to move from Silicon Valley to here,” he said.

He listed the area’s relatively small technology community and rising real estate costs as two of the difficulties.

Another person asked Voelker, whose company sells both content online and on mobile phones, about the likelihood of Microsoft and Yahoo! creating a partnership together.

“Who thinks that will work? Why would 100 smart people from one side and 300 smart people from the other side be smarter than Google?” he wondered. “It is clear that Google has those guys on the run.”

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