23 insightful thoughts

  1. That’s pretty little – for yearly work of several people, especially compared to costs of organization of whole cup :/. I hope you kept some kicking ideas for next year :).

  2. Maybe less in money value, never in merit, honor and glory! =D
    Congrats again! Meet you in Egypt!

    Roberto (Team Brazil)

  3. So did you do it for the money? :)

    I’m guessing not. This kind of event isn’t about the money, it’s about the recognition you get as a result of winning. In the long term you’ll look back and remember the win, not how much you won.

    Everything in this world is taxed, get used to it :)

  4. You can make 10x that every year (including stock + benefites) if you accept an offer to come work in Redmond. We could use your special skills!

  5. Long, C’mon…this isn’t your best post. Incredible win – congrats, I’m sure you didnt do it for the money.

  6. @Peter Menadue: How much money aside, I’m very curious to why it changed at all in relations to the otherwise perfect trend.

  7. rofl.. I know. Good thing we came second in the national SDI finals then went on to win the Interop award ๐Ÿ˜› Hopefully next year we’ll win the SDI ๐Ÿ˜› Sadly you can’t participate so none of that extra huge 30,000 usd cake for you ๐Ÿ˜›

    And speaking of tax, yes you have to pay some of that too.. I’m not sure but I think we might be charged something like 33% on our $10,000 prize money. Hopefully the USD will go up again by then ๐Ÿ˜› The money is going to take a bit of time to get to us (we just got our national SDI final prize money so :P) so hopefully the USD rate will sky rocket then… and lets hope it falls down again when we get to encash our trip to Redmond but why do I have a feeling that’s asking for too much? ๐Ÿ˜›
    Congrats on the win.. didn’t I tell you you’d clinch first place? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I think you’re perfectly justified in feeling how you feel and posting this, Long. Too often, things like this happen and they go unspoken due to people appearing “greedy” if they say anything at all but it’s not about greed; it’s about principle. And at that, who’s being the greedy one? You, for saying something or Microsoft for decreasing the contest by $10,000 this year? I believe this does merit an explanation given the graph you’ve provided.

    I certainly don’t think it has anything to do with some sort of preferential treatment of past or future winners but all-in-all, I completely understand why you posted this, why you feel like you feel and why an answer is absolutely merited. I say dig much deeper than solely posting this, Long. Reach out there and request answers from every single person who you think could provide as such. Keep us posted; people like me want to see where this goes from here (if anywhere). Good luck and congrats on your win, regardless.

    -Stephen

  9. the points shouldn’t be connected on the graph ๐Ÿ˜€ but anyways that does seem really unfair to you guys

  10. There is no such thing as “fair” when it comes to these things. If the competition’s prize money decreases for a given year, then bad luck. That’s the way it goes. If you don’t like the prize money, don’t compete. Nobody is forcing you.

    It sounds like if you won $1m in the Lottery you’d complain if the previous winner won $3m.

    I’m afraid you’re just coming across as bitter. Get over it and be grateful for the opportunities that winning this competition will present.

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