Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 16:39 UTC
Microsoft With the end of the year in sight, the great list-making time has come upon us. Newsweek makes ten predictions for 2010, and at number 9, they predict the end of the road for Steve Ballmer at Microsoft. I never really thought about it that much, but if you line up Microsoft's failures over the past years, it's actually a miracle his head hasn't rolled yet.
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Watch Pirates of Silicon Valley again
by Eddyspeeder on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 22:07 UTC
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I actually started liking Steve Ballmer after recently watching Pirates of Silicon Valley again. I had watched it many years prior, but this time what got me thinking was the notion that we shouldn't be thinking all that black-and-white about Gates, Ballmer, Jobs and Woz.

Steve Ballmer is depicted as a rather outgoing guy with a strong opinion. When I read more recent interviews with him, I think that personality holds true even today. Sure, he's a tad older and walks in a suit all day long, but the sneers and blunt exclamations? Yep, that's him alright.

The moral of the story: they're all human, they all have their pros and cons, and the main pitfall for any of these guys is the downsides to their character. That's also what I see listed in the main article and some comments. Apparently, Ballmer's weaknesses are now exposed. But please heed for character assassination, there's no need for that.

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