I think we're proving ourselves as we go along. The past several months our strategy has been evolutionary - making maximum advantage of our client browser, as well as our enterprise software for people who want to build Web sites.
In my column series The Main Thing, I often talk about how Internet technology can improve the way people communicate - both within a business and between a business and its customers and partners.
One problem was that my direct testimony was in writing, so a lot of people didn't get to see it. I hope they see it, because I think it built a very strong case.
Our people are excited about building solutions, and it's rewarding to see how much fun Netscape employees have doing something they think is relevant and important.
The ability of our people to think quickly and create great products in this whole new world of Internet open standards is not only essential to our success but is also one of the things that impresses me most about Netscape.
We also provide a lot of services with our consulting group that allow people to take maximum advantage of the Net economy. Those all seem to resonate with customers and are providing a good strong base going forward.
I was telling the truth. I feel like we got that point across.
I think the touchstone is to give consumers a full, fair choice without the power of a monopoly operating system pushing them in a direction that free competition might or might not achieve.
I don't believe in government regulation of the software industry.
I want my testimony to stand on that point. But I would point out that Zona Research Inc. showed we have increased market share among business users, educational users, and government users over the past several months - and that's more recent than the IDC report.
After all, it's the future of business communication that we're looking toward.
I've tended to work at fast-growing companies that improve the way business gets done.
That's the ultimate gratification in any business situation - do customers buy the product? And do they use it and do they come back and buy more of it?
We're no longer a small business; we're a large organization spread around the world. I can't imagine Netscape growing as fast as it has if it weren't for the way we use our products.
It's the first time I've ever done anything like that. It took longer than I expected. I've gotten a lot of E-mail since I got back, saying they thought I did a good job and presented the case well.