Dotcom attacks Drury and Xero

July 28th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

One News reports:

A war of words has erupted between and the founder of online accounting software firm .

Speaking on TVNZ’s Q+A programme, said Internet Party leader Laila Harre knows nothing about technology and he wished Mr Dotcom would go away.

“At the beginning it was really cool to see someone like that come through but his manipulation of the media, so he’s very media savvy, understands that it’s a good story, that journalism’s cheap, I think it’s a big sideshow,” said Mr Drury.

Kim Dotcom then hit back with a string of tweets, claiming Xero was over-valued and pointing out how many more users his own company has.

“CEO of totally overvalued NZ cloud ‘accounting’ company Xero (300k users) says: ‘I represent the Internet Generation. Kim Dotcom doesn’t’,” tweeted Kim Dotcom.

One of the tweets is below:

Not such a nice guy is he when you dare to criticise him.

I would point out that Xero’s 300,000 users all pay for Xero. From $500 a year upwards. The vast vast majority of Mega users (and I am one) have a free account – because it is, well, free.  I understand well under 1% of Mega’s customers are paying customers.

I want both companies to succeed. I use both. Mega is very different company to Megaupload. But it is not a good look to have the self proclaimed mentor of the Internet Party trash talking and denigrating NZ’s most successful Internet company. But that just confirms the Internet Party is about Kim Dotcom, not about the Internet.

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39 Responses to “Dotcom attacks Drury and Xero”

  1. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    It’s going to be a looooong few months until Fat dot Com’s hearing in January. What’s the bet that it’s postponed yet *again*?
    I just wish the fat German would GTFO of the country. I’m sick of seeing him. I’m sick of hearing about him.

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  2. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    Until when will NZ have to suffer and endure this fraudster?

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  3. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    A modern day tulip trader versus a real life Bond villain.

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  4. OneTrack (3,114 comments) says:

    Why can’t the useless NZ judicial system get its act together and make a decision, either deport him or let him stay. Let’s get it over with. Isn’t there some sort of motto – justice delayed is justice denied??

    Ohh, that’s right I forgot – paid by the hour.

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  5. Tarquin North (305 comments) says:

    Exactly the reaction you would expect from a megalomaniac. The photo is what he thinks he looks like (Che Guevera?) reallity tells a different story.

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  6. Yogibear (366 comments) says:

    If Dotcom has that attitude to Rod Dury, I’d love to know what he thinks of Selwyn Pellet’s capabilities.

    Has anyone asked? Could be fun!

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  7. Jim (398 comments) says:

    Instead of comparing bandwidth, how about total (legal) value of users funds/transactions managed by each. I suspect that would paint a different picture.

    You could speculate on the pirate value also – just for fun.

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  8. david (2,557 comments) says:

    If most Mega users don’t pay, where does he get his $$$millions from?

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  9. Viking2 (11,488 comments) says:

    To be fair Drury started the spat which i thought was somewhat silly.

    How about we take up his other statement which was about Auckland house prices and the fact he didn’t give a crap about them. Do we expect Len & co to defend them?

    Mega has plenty to teach us and Drury is as savy with the PR and Press as KDC.

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  10. Other_Andy (2,676 comments) says:

    STFU….?

    Classy….

    Saw the Mana-Internet party protesting on Saturday.
    Burning Israeli flags, shouting Allāhu Akbar.
    Great lot…

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  11. James Stephenson (2,191 comments) says:

    If most Mega users don’t pay, where does he get his $$$millions from?

    Advertising. IIRC from the case brought by all the film companies etc, he was running a “bounty” system for people that uploaded popular (read: stolen copyrighted) material.

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  12. chris (647 comments) says:

    I have no interest in following Krim DotCon on Twitter, but thanks to this post I now follow Rod Drury and Xero :)

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  13. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    His road show is coming to my town on the 2nd of August and I’m hoping to hear good stuff. After listening to Noam Chomski on utube its the least I can do.

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  14. berend (1,711 comments) says:

    The bit that’s left out is that Rod attacked first, not Kim. Rod said: “Kim doesn’t represent the internet generation, we have created 800 jobs, we’re paying a lot of PAYE…” And he said he should go away. So personal attack + attack on Kim’s business.

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  15. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    Just like Israel attacked Gaza first by killing 4 boys playing soccer on a beach.

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  16. Armotur (34 comments) says:

    Nice! KDC showing his true colours.

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  17. radvad (767 comments) says:

    For me the relevant part of what Drury said is the bit about Harre. By failing to address it Dotcom is tacitly endorsing that comment.
    Interesting.

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  18. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Sure, Kim DotCom’s internet bandwidth penis is bigger than Rod Drury’s.

    But at least Rod doesn’t require three mirrors to see his.

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  19. Pita (373 comments) says:

    So remind me again; what were the redeeming features that Laila Harre (the paragon of feminism and the down trodden) saw in Herr Dotcom?

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  20. gump (1,650 comments) says:

    As much as I dislike Dotcom, he does make a good point.

    Xero is massively over-valued and has never been able to make a profit. Whereas Mega – and its predecessor – were highly profitable cash machines.

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  21. notrotsky (84 comments) says:

    KDIAFC … he is however correct that Xero is over-valued.. mind you that doesn’t preclude some other tech behemoth paying ridiculous amounts of cash for it.

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  22. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “I just wish the fat German would GTFO of the country”

    If you put Gate crasher Brownlee in a black jumpsuit you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.

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  23. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    “So remind me again; what were the redeeming features that Laila Harre (the paragon of feminism and the down trodden) saw in Herr Dotcom?”

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    “Xero is massively over-valued and has never been able to make a profit. Whereas Mega – and its predecessor – were highly profitable cash machines.”

    The moral of the story? Stealing is easier than setting up a legitimate business.

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  24. flipper (4,083 comments) says:

    thor42 (914 comments) says:

    July 28th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    It’s going to be a looooong few months until Fat dot Com’s hearing in January. What’s the bet that it’s postponed yet *again*?
    *********

    You mean like until the mid term US Senate elections deprive Obama of Harry Reid’s veto ????

    At that point those Hollywood moguls might not be so… well … influential.

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  25. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    So Mr Dotcom believes that size is all that matters – who’d have guessed? :-)

    I’m pretty confident that in 3 years’ time, Drury will NOT be bent over the end of a U.S. cell bunk squealing like a little pig while some enormous guy named Bubba gets his rocks off.

    I’m not so confident on Dotcom’s behalf.

    I hope that lap around the Nurburgring in the Mercedes racing against Raikkonen was worth it…

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  26. projectman (224 comments) says:

    The essence of all this bullshit about dotcom is that if he truly believed what he is/was doing is OK he would return to the US to defend himself. In my opinion, his actions reinforce the view of many that he knows he has been acting illegally and can’t afford to return. Thinking people – like me ;-) – see right through the twat.

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  27. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    Is this falk fellow’s timeline a load of cobblers?

    http://america.aljazeera.com/profiles/f/richard-falk.html

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  28. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “The essence of all this bullshit about dotcom is that if he truly believed what he is/was doing is OK he would return to the US to defend himself.”

    Fuck putting yourself in the hands of the evil empire voluntarily.

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  29. gump (1,650 comments) says:

    @Zapper

    “The moral of the story? Stealing is easier than setting up a legitimate business.”

    ———————

    Dotcom didn’t steal anything. At the very worst, he rented storage lockers that a small number of people used to store and distribute stolen content.

    I’ve read through the American indictment and it isn’t very compelling.

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  30. chris (647 comments) says:

    You do realise he paid monetary rewards to the top uploaders of stolen copyrighted content, and made it into a searchable database, right?

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  31. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    Has anyone here pointed out that it was actually Drury who attacked dotcom? Nope, didn’t think so. No surprises there, eh?

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  32. chris (647 comments) says:

    Yes, people have if you check the comments above. But we don’t like KDC here, doncha know ;)

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  33. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    “Dotcom didn’t steal anything. At the very worst, he rented storage lockers that a small number of people used to store and distribute stolen content.”

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA are you new to the internet?

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  34. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    We should deport the fat bastard as quick as we can. He won’t have enough available cash to support his medical bills once his rot starts easing through his disgusting carcase. :)

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  35. valeriusterminus (243 comments) says:

    Will just take one of the Big Four – to offer product apropos to Xero – (the IP likley Lame not Stellar) the stampede away would crush millions et-al. Oh so Vulnerable !

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  36. Richard (82 comments) says:

    A typically narrow view of the situation there, David Farrar. Partisan as ever.

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  37. gump (1,650 comments) says:

    @dime

    “BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA are you new to the internet?”

    ———————

    No. Are you?

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  38. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Mega would be valued on paper at $210 million under the terms of the transaction…

    Vanity metrics from the master of vanity, Kim Dotcom. The guy who when broke hired a mega-yacht, some helicopters and strippers to shoot a video of himself cruising the Mediterranean so he could convince future chumps he was loaded. The guy so in to vanity he paid Kimi Raikonnen to drive around Nurburgring with him. The guy so in to vanity he rents the most expensive house in New Zealand.

    So yeah, your bandwidth consumption for Mega is higher but your paying customers are lower and the IPO you’ve been too scared to go through with has your valuation at 1/10th of Xero’s. Please, tell me again how amazing you are.

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  39. ross001 (213 comments) says:

    I’m surprised that Drury has the time to criticise others. I thought he might be focused on profits. Instead Xero is losing money hand over fist. Nevertheless I expect Drury is being well paid despite the company losing millions. It must warm your heart, DPF, that under-performing companies can pay their CEOs big bucks.

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