"Satya had me at 'independence.'"
Microsoft said Monday it is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.
The tech giant’s cash deal for the business-oriented social network surprised many onlookers—and it no doubt surprised many employees of the companies, too. Chief executives for both parties took the opportunity to issue notes to their respective staff, explaining the rationales behind the acquisition.
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Jeff Weiner, chief executive officer of LinkedIn lnkd , sent a hopeful email to reassure his workforce on Monday. “This is the email I sent to LinkedIn’s global workforce today,” he prefaced a post on his site. “I thought it might be interesting to others, too, so I’ve decided to publish it publicly.”
Weiner’s digs into macroeconomic trends, automation killing jobs, the pressures of the public markets, and how he sees LinkedIn meshing with Microsoft’s msft vision of the future under CEO Satya Nadella. (You can read Nadella’s own note here.)
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In his letter, Weiner mentions a number of areas where the two businesses might benefit one another. For instance, he talks about weaving LinkedIn’s social “graph”—the relationships between user’s of the social network—throughout the ecosystem of products Microsoft is known for—such as Office, Windows, Skype, and Cortana—and getting a sales boost inside businesses, where Microsoft has a large customer footprint.
Weiner also says that he will remain CEO and that LinkedIn will remain independent—a model that’s exemplified, he says, by Google’s goog ownership of YouTube, and Facebook’s fb operation of WhatsApp and Instagram.
Read the entirety of Wiener’s letter below, or on LinkedIn.