There's been a huge amount written about the Microsoft / LinkedIn deal, and this interview with founder and chairman gives clues as to where they are going.
Quite simply, scale is extremely important to LinkedIn and Microsoft are the right partners to get them there. And once again we see that shareholder value is at the core of LinkedIn's offering.
Personally I feel that this deal will benefit LinkedIn more than Microsoft, so it will be interesting to see what initiatives emerge from the tech giant.
For the average LinkedIn user, we urgently need to see more new product and feature development, rather than just rehashing (and making a mess of) old features.
I would like to see a return of the Events tool and also the Q&A feature, and also far greater value for Premium membership.
However, this deal is a big step in the right direction and I look forward to seeing what happens next.
"Once you get into a public company, if you're not throwing a lot of ability to do R&D, and to progress your technology at a very fast rate, then it's difficult to compete with [the tech giants]," he said. "I think start-ups compete with them, I think private companies compete with them. I think the question is, as a public company you're held to, 'OK, what is your quarterly earnings? How does that growth look like?'"