Originally Posted by PaulMJohnson
You're allowed an opinion though you know. Freedom of speech and all that.
I'm allowed an opinion too.
It depends on lots of factors. If, for example, there is a spike in commodities prices, then the shareholders may want to get all the resource out of the mine IMMEDIATELY, even if it will reduce some small chance of greater long-term profits.
OTOH, if a start-up fails to get as much money in the door as quickly as possible, they might lose market cap and become a takeover target for bottom feeders to break up, losing the HUGE potential that might have been right around the corner.
Making blanket statements about what other people should do with their companies is not something I am intertested in doing. Apple's owners, who are Hedge Funds and other big money Wall Street types will decide how best to proceed. They might want to keep up the growth company model, they might want to start paying dividends or initiate a stock buy-back, they might want to diversify into areas other than mass-market consumer products.
If I were the owner of Apple, and I just lost my most talented employee, I would look for advice from seasoned businessmen. I would start with the current BOD, see what they had to say, and would make decisions based upon their advice and the advice of other trusted advisors.
But it is not important what I would do with OPM.