Michael Dell says computer maker is stronger due to privatization

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by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on December 12, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 8:00 PM

AUSTIN -- The Dell World 2013 Conference continued Thursday. This year marked a major difference in the annual event: for the first time in a long time, Dell hosted the event as a private company.

During his keynote speech, Michael Dell said the privatization has created a renewed sense of excitement at the computer maker. Dell wasn't the only one excited -- so were business owners from around the world.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk had the best entrance of the day, driving right up to the podium in one of his electric cars. But it was Michael Dell who drove home the key points about why the privatization of the computer maker is such a plus.

"Now as a private company, we have the freedom to make the bold moves that are necessary," said Dell.

These bold moves included investing in emerging markets, PCs, tablets, software and solutions.  He said sales are already up double digits, and Dell is growing faster than the industry.

"It feels like I'm part of the world's largest startup," said Dell.

Business men and women from across the state, the country and the world came to Dell World 2013. Those that KVUE spoke to said they like the direction privatization has afforded the company.

"With it moving toward that, it allows them to be nimble," said Pete Goodwin, a Dallas resident. "It allows them to be bold and allows them to be entrepreneurial and make these different bold changes."
 
"He sets the tone and gives us the strategy," said Lisa Maughan, a resident of Ohio.

Maughan works for HealthSpot, a small healthcare technology startup company in Ohio that Dell handpicked as part of Dell's Starter's Club. It allows Dell to provide its technological resources to help the company grow.

"He tells us where technology is going and where it's headed," said Maughan. "[He tells us] where we should be and how to better align ourselves with our company."

So small startups can work stride for stride with the "world's largest startup" based in Round Rock.

For more information on the Dell World 2013, go here.

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