Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie: If Amazon Web Services is the Yankees, we’re the Red Sox

Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie: If Amazon Web Services is the Yankees, we’re the Red Sox

12:55pm, 3rd May, 2019
I mean, he’s got the right shirt for it. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) As Microsoft began to realize , executive vice president Scott Guthrie was comparing his Cloud and AI Group to the Boston Red Sox. Guthrie made the comment during a lunch with reporters in San Francisco Thursday, as reported by , in response to praising Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for turning Microsoft’s fortunes around. In that article, Bloomberg quotes an anonymous Amazon Web Services executive opining that AWS is like the New York Yankees of cloud computing, while Microsoft is the Minnesota Twins. Ignoring , who will take the best record in the American League into the Bronx tonight for a weekend series with the Yankees, the first part of that anonymous observation is accurate. AWS has dominated the early stages of cloud computing, and while it’s a little hard to compare cloud-computing accomplishments to World Series titles, both AWS and the Yankees have more than anyone else. (And fanbases that will never let anyone forget it.) Comparing Microsoft to the Red Sox right now, however, probably should be avoided. It’s very early days in cloud computing, not unlike the 1950s when the Yankees were winning everything in sight and the Red Sox were still wandering along a 96-year-journey between championships, with even more heartbreaking losses to come before finally emerging on top. if it takes it 50 more years to start catching up to AWS. The next time somebody floats a sports-rivalry metaphor his way comparing AWS and Microsoft, Guthrie might want to remember and compare AWS to North Carolina. Although, he certainly does have .
Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie: If Amazon Web Services is the Yankees, we’re the Red Sox

Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie: If Amazon Web Services is the Yankees, we’re the Red Sox

12:55pm, 3rd May, 2019
I mean, he’s got the right shirt for it. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) As Microsoft began to realize , executive vice president Scott Guthrie was comparing his Cloud and AI Group to the Boston Red Sox. Guthrie made the comment during a lunch with reporters in San Francisco Thursday, as reported by , in response to praising Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for turning Microsoft’s fortunes around. In that article, Bloomberg quotes an anonymous Amazon Web Services executive opining that AWS is like the New York Yankees of cloud computing, while Microsoft is the Minnesota Twins. Ignoring , who will take the best record in the American League into the Bronx tonight for a weekend series with the Yankees, the first part of that anonymous observation is accurate. AWS has dominated the early stages of cloud computing, and while it’s a little hard to compare cloud-computing accomplishments to World Series titles, both AWS and the Yankees have more than anyone else. (And fanbases that will never let anyone forget it.) Comparing Microsoft to the Red Sox right now, however, probably should be avoided. It’s very early days in cloud computing, not unlike the 1950s when the Yankees were winning everything in sight and the Red Sox were still wandering along a 96-year-journey between championships, with even more heartbreaking losses to come before finally emerging on top. if it takes it 50 more years to start catching up to AWS. The next time somebody floats a sports-rivalry metaphor his way comparing AWS and Microsoft, Guthrie might want to remember and compare AWS to North Carolina. Although, he certainly does have .
HQ Trivia replaces Quiz Daddy Scott Rogowsky

HQ Trivia replaces Quiz Daddy Scott Rogowsky

2:53pm, 12th April, 2019
Quiz Khalifa aka Host Malone aka Trap Trebek aka HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky has been pushed out of the live mobile gaming startup. The two split due to disagreements about Rogowsky attempting to take a second full-time job hosting sports streaming service DAZN’s baseball show while moving to only hosting HQ on weekends, first reported. HQ wanted someone committed to their show. Now co-founder and CEO Rus Yusupov confirms to TechCrunch that Rogowsky will no longer host HQ Trivia. He tells me that the company ran a SurveyMonkey survey of its top players and they voted that former guest host Matt Richards rated higher than Rogowsky. Yusupov says HQ is excited to have Richards as its new prime time host. It’s also putting out offers to more celebrity guests to host for a few shows, a few weeks, or even a whole season of one of its time slots. HQ Trivia’s new host Matt Richards The departure could still shake HQ’s brand since Rogowsky had become the defacto face of the company. But he was also prone to talking a lot on the air and promoting himself, sometimes in ways that felt distracting from the game. Rogowsky has also been using HQ’s brand to further his standup comedy career, splashing its logo on advertising for his shows like this one below at a casino where “The centerpiece is a live trivia competition”, he told . TechCrunch had if he wasn’t properly compensated with equity in HQ Trivia that would only vest and earn him money if he stuck around. The damage to HQ could worsen if he’s scooped up by Facebook, Snapchat, or another tech company to build out their own live video gaming shows. HQ Trivia provided this statement on Rogowsky’s exit: “We continue to build an incredible company at HQ Trivia, from drawing hundreds of thousands of players to the platform daily, to increasing the size of the prize, to attracting strong talent. We’ve come a long way since Scott Rogowsky’s first trivia game and we’re grateful for everything he’s done for the platform. This is a team that creates products for talent to really shine—we’re just getting started at HQ Trivia, and as he makes his next move, wanted to take a minute to thank him for being part of our journey.” Yusupov tells me he’s excited about exploring new hosts, noting that Richards in a person of color who brings more diversity to HQ’s lineup. who has appeared on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, Nickelodeon’s School of Rock and was a voice-over host for game show Trivial Takedown on FUSE. Yusupov says the team feels jazzed about the new creative opportunities beyond Rogowsky, though the CEO says he appreciates all that its former host contributed. Richards will have the tall task of trying to . It climbed the app store charts to become the #3 top game and #6 overall app in January 2018, and peaked at 2.38 million concurrent players in March 2018. But it’s been on a steady decline since, falling to the #585 overall app in August, and it dropped out of the top #1500 last month according to . HQ Trivia was installed over 160,000 times last month on iOS and Android with approximately $200,000 in in-app purchase revenue, according to . But that’s just 8% as many downloads as the 1.97 million new installs HQ got in March 2018. Exhaustion with the game format, so many winners splitting jackpots to just a few dollars per victor, and laggy streams have all driven away players. The introduction of a new in August hasn’t stopped the decline. And the may have impeded efforts to turn things around. There’s a ton of pressure on the company after it raised $23 million, including a. Even if HQ Trivia fades from the zeitgeist, it and Rogowsky will have inspired a new wave of innovation in what it means to play with our phones.
GeekWire Podcast live from Microsoft Build with Azure and enterprise head Scott Guthrie

GeekWire Podcast live from Microsoft Build with Azure and enterprise head Scott Guthrie

2:45pm, 8th May, 2018
Left to right: GeekWire Editor Todd Bishop and Cloud and Enterprise Editor Tom Krazit in conversation with Microsoft cloud and enterprise head Scott Guthrie at the 2018 Build developer’s conference. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) GeekWire is spending the week at Microsoft’s annual , where the company is pitching its cloud and enterprise offerings and announcing a slew of new initiatives and products. On this special episode of the GeekWire podcast, taped live at Build, GeekWire Editor Todd Bishop and Cloud and Enterprise Editor Tom Krazit sit down with Scott Guthrie, the head of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division, to talk intelligent edge, the future of cloud and more. They also speak with Mixed Reality GM and Studio Manager Lorraine Bardeen about Microsoft’s path forward in virtual and mixed reality and the new Hololens functionalities the company announced at Build. Listen to the full episode on the player below, or subscribe to the GeekWire podcast in your favorite podcast app to hear every episode of the show. Read more coverage of Microsoft Build:
GeekWire Podcast, Live at Build: Cloud, AI and mixed reality with Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie and Lorraine Bardeen

GeekWire Podcast, Live at Build: Cloud, AI and mixed reality with Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie and Lorraine Bardeen

5:30am, 8th May, 2018
Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud + AI Group, talks with Todd Bishop and Tom Krazit. (GeekWire Photos / Kevin Lisota) We’re live at the Microsoft Build developer conference in Seattle, where we’ll be joined by two of Microsoft’s top executives, fresh off the keynote stage, for recording of our GeekWire Podcast. Lorraine Bardeen, GM Studio Manager, Microsoft Mixed Reality talks with Todd Bishop and Tom Krazit (GeekWire Photos / Kevin Lisota) Join GeekWire’s Tom Krazit and me at noon Pacific for conversations with Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud + AI Group; and Lorraine Bardeen, GM Studio Manager, for Microsoft Mixed Reality. for a full rundown.