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Berkshire Website

Post by TTU » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:33 pm

This is the website of the ninth largest public company in the world:

http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/

Too funny!

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Post by lucydney » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:49 pm

Yes. I believe Berkshire Hathaway has 20 employees. Warren Buffett has a small office, no computer or stock ticker. He sits in his office and READS annual reports. Not just skim over them. He reads them. At the end of his day, for enjoyment, he may play bridge online with his friend Bill Gates.

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Post by sunnyday » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:55 pm

That's awesome! It makes craigslist look visual stunning and cutting edge.

I especially like the remark on the bottom:
If you have any comments about our WEB page, you can either write us at the address shown above or e-mail us at berkshire@berkshirehathaway.com. However, due to the limited number of personnel in our corporate office, we are unable to provide a direct response.

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by Caduceus » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:01 pm

I love that website.

I've actually corresponded with the staff from Berkshire Hathaway on several occasions using that web address, and they have always gotten back to me fairly quickly.

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by nisiprius » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:10 pm

I can remember when Google's home page was as clean as that.
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Re: Berkshire Website

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by Texas hold em71 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:55 pm

I actually went looking for Buffet's letter to stockholders in 2010 to read his comments about leverage and by golly- I found it. There is something to be said for simplicity.

By the way, that letter is worth a read. My favorite comment was about the three best investments he ever made- his house and two wedding rings.

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by steve_14 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:26 pm

Looks the same as last time I checked it (circa 2003).

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by lazyday » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:21 am

Wow. Such boring.
More comfort. Much glitter. (Warning: might play loud music!)

Texas,
Yes, I've downloaded all the annual reports from the site and the commentary makes great reading.

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by abuss368 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:41 am

This was noted on one of the many Warren Buffet television specials. Check the BBC episode perhaps on You Tube or Netflix. We does not believe, need, or employ all the overhead. He mentioned the website as being exactly what any investor needs.
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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by Kevin21 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:43 am

That website is "vintage".

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by an_asker » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:44 am

nisiprius wrote:I can remember when Google's home page was as clean as that.
+1!

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by jf89 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:55 am

nisiprius wrote:I can remember when Google's home page was as clean as that.
Google's home page, I believe the most visited single page on the internet, is "Google" with a search bar and a few links in the corner for account maintenance... much cleaner and something they take pride in. It doesn't even have ads... can't be said for Berkshire's site with that Geico ad at the bottom.

Slightly off topic, but I wonder why that spot went to Geico as opposed to any of the other holdings.
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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by hand » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:01 am

Copyright © 1978-2013 Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
I wonder when they'll get around to updating their copyright notice?

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by CyberBob » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:13 am

Ha! I love the Berkshire Activewear with the embroidered 100 dollar bill coming out of the shirt pocket!

Bob

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by Orion » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:19 pm

Not bad. No javascript, no popups, nothing zooming in from the sides of the screens, nothing you have to close to get to the actual information. It even worked the same in a couple of different browsers that I tried. The HTML is fairly clean and simple but passing it through an HTML validator does show some issues.

I was on another website recently (using Firefox) and it said you had to be running IE to register. So I fired up IE and the website responded to that by telling me that it was an obsolete browser and they recommended Google Chrome. So I fired that up and could view the website again but couldn't register because it told me I needed IE for that.

Yesterday I was trying to register at a bank and got an error message. So I tried a different browser and got a completely different error message - in fact, this time it was an "Internal server error" with a PHP dump. I wouldn't expect something like that from a banking site.

So I appreciate a site that just works.

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by Fallible » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:20 pm

It is a Warren Buffett website. And it's beautiful! And how about this website? http://johncbogle.com/wordpress/
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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by Epsilon Delta » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:31 pm

hand wrote:
Copyright © 1978-2013 Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
I wonder when they'll get around to updating their copyright notice?
When they update their copy? If nothing's added in 2014 then nothing's copyrighted in 2014.

Mr. Bogle on the other hand should probably consider updating his, before somebody copies the content added since 2011.

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Re: Berkshire Website

Post by zaboomafoozarg » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:03 pm

At the very least, they should ditch the serif font.

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