EDIT: That's older than Google to put it in perspective.
It really hurts to read press pieces like this that basically repeat verbatim what Next Jump's presentations say, because so much of it is exaggerated, some of it pretty wildly.
There are some obvious shill pieces (they use a lot of the same language that the management used to use), some positives that I think are genuine, but the negatives are pretty spot on. A lot of great engineers work there, it's mostly the management that's the problem.
Ha. Smells like an IPO to me.
has anyone ever heard of anything related to this company? I have heard a number of theories, mainly concerning it being a patent troll.
BGC3 appears to be Bill's business presence now that he's not at MS on a day-to-day basis.
A very common business design pattern for wealthy businesspeople is to have a "parent company" that is essentially the businessperson plus their entourage: the legal team, technical due diligence buddies, capital raising marketing staff (people who woo wall street). This company may or may not be owned by a parent company that does the investing in other companies that actually "do stuff".
Without seeing the evidence for the patent troll concerns, I have no reason to believe it's the case -- he just needs some place to park his Mercedes during the day. :)