There’s an interesting snippet in the announcement of Steve Berkowitz’s appointment as head of MSN and some other stuff:
Steve’s management experience, deep functional knowledge of the search and Internet space, and understanding of both the offline and online publishing worlds make him a great choice to lead the Online Business Group. He is a proven leader, and is excited by the opportunity to take the assets we’ve built in MSN and drive our software services vision forward.
This isn’t an earth-shattering thought, but don’t you think it’s interesting that many, many Web companies are now being run, at several levels, but people who really understand how the Web hangs together? It seems to me this is very different from five years ago, when a lot of managers came from marketing or sales or business development backgrounds and really struggled to connect their ambition with the capacities of their companies. I don’t know Berkowitz, but from interviews I’ve read with him he really seems to get the mechanics of search. If that’s true, MSN just made a very smart hire.