Plain Talkin’ Texan

I couldn't care less about hard drives beyond that fact that my computer has one and it works. I've told you before, I'm less interested in technology itself and more interested in what it can do for people. So it wouldn't be like me to watch Seagate.

But I do love a plain talker like Bill Watkins. You can't be surprised.

"We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn."


Link via my young friend Shafrir (who doens't blog enough)

Comments (10)

  1. Michael says:

    Don’t worry Heather…once American Idol starts back up, I’ll be back on a daily (or hourly) posting schedule.

  2. RJD says:

    I greatly admire his commitment to college football.

  3. HeatherLeigh says:

    Michael–oh no…are you a Claymate? : )

    RJD – I knew someone was going to mention that. I was willing to overlook his team pick in this circumstance since he obviously has a strong sense of humor.

  4. Jim S says:

    Okay Heather, where’s the USC/UCLA post? We’re waiting.

  5. HeatherLeigh says:

    Like I said, the last football post was because I was *at* the game. Come on Jim, you have to actually read the post.

  6. Jim S says:

    No, I saw that post and fully enjoyed it. I was bringing up the fact that USC lost its chances for a title this past Friday when they got stomped by an unranked team. Jim Carroll didn’t look very happy afterwards.

  7. HeatherLeigh says:

    Yeah, the point is that I said I made a point of not regularly blogging about football for a reason and the only reason that I was bringing it up is because I actually went to the game. I’m sticking with that policy. Sorry, people can’t expect that I blog about it just because we lost. It doesn’t work that way and it’s a tiny bit mean, considering how I feel about my team.

    Thanks for bringing it up though!

  8. Doug Burris says:

    Does anybody other than me just love this Bill Watkins guy?  You have to appreciate a CEO who just puts it out there and does not take himself SOOOO seriously.  I once worked for a brilliant marketing dude who was smart enough to run an IT shop for a major telecom provider.  I headed up the HR/Recruiting for him as we built a world class web dev shop. Anyway, I will never forget him for his loyalty to his team and his ability to cut through the Politically Correct BS so prevalent in our particular corner of the corporate world.  Two comments got him fired. Sad, as he has gone on to much greater things and our little telecom suffers to this day without him.

    1.) In speaking to all of marketing discussing the plans for the online presence and our goal of taking the fight to the competition…"We need to stop acting like p*##ies"

    2.) In speaking to the development team on what content we need to get to the handset to beat the competition…"The killer app is porn to the handset…"

    I think I would like working for Bill Watkins.  Anyone know if he needs a recruiting consultant at Seagate?

  9. HeatherLeigh says:

    Doug – Hmm, I guess he (your brilliant marketing dude)could have selected some of his words a little better. But I’ve heard #2 stated by other people…or more specifically that there is a lot of money to be made there. I think I may have blogged a long while ago about or some such entity going mobile (oh it’s back in the blog archives). Certainly some people find that type of thing unpalatable (and I don’t care to make judgement either way for the record), but I wouldn’t doubt that there’s money to be made. The question is whether it’s right for one’s company and whether it causes an uncomfortable work environment for some employees. I’m guessing it probably wasn’t right for that company, huh?

    I bet Bill would be pretty easy to find if you wanted to work for him : )

  10. Doug Burris says:


    True, the conservative nature of the industry would never allow the content. However, considering the amount of money spent globally on such content, there is definately money to be made.  Not really the point tho. The point is, Speak plainly and let people know where you stand. I have found too often in recruiting/account management, we muddy the water by trying to address issues in company speak.  Know your audience and their tolerance for tech speak/company speak/non-political correct speak and deliver the message to get the point across.

    My guys message was spot on. The delivery however…well, not so much.

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