One News reports:
A war of words has erupted between Kim Dotcom and the founder of online accounting software firm Xero.
Speaking on TVNZ's Q+A programme, Rod Drury 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:
mega: 10+m users, 350 gigabit bandwidth utilization. vs. Xero: 300k users, 0.5 gigabit bandwidth utilization. STFU Rod ‘overvalued' Drury
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) July 27, 2014
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.