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Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board
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ChrisMurphy
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8/19/2014 | 6:00:42 PM
Go Steve
Got to love Ballmer's enthusiasm, I'd be jazzed if I was a Clippers fan. 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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8/19/2014 | 6:18:41 PM
Re: Go Steve
From "developers, developers, developers..." to "players, players, players..."
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/19/2014 | 6:22:32 PM
Re: Go Steve
I hope he succeeds in this new venture. You see that kind of passion from people associated with college sports, but less often in the pros. The NBA is better for having a personality like Ballmer's inside it.
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/19/2014 | 6:56:05 PM
Re: Go Steve
Ballmer's wild enthusiasm is a good fit for pro sports. In tech, his yelling was overkill. Like, why is this guy screaming at a software product announcement? But in basketball it's ok to yell. Clippers fans will love him. 
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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8/19/2014 | 10:17:50 PM
Re: Go Steve
@Shane Most will love him, an enthusiastic owner just like the fans. But it will take some getting used too, because Steve can get as wild as your wildest fan at times.

At least he will shake things up in a city that could use some shaking - and for once it won't be due to an earthquake.
Technocrati
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8/19/2014 | 10:12:40 PM
Re: Go Steve
As someone who lives in L.A. I am certainly glad the Sterling Era is over and I look forward to seeing Mr.Ballmer in a different light. Never a big fan - you have to respect him and his method.  I hold a similiar philosphy of Life - although I am often not as boisterous, maybe I should be more so because apparently it works.

Rumor has it - he gave out his email address to those at the press conference, I am looking forward to finding it and dropping him a note.

I am sure MS products will eventually be all over the Staples Center - Board or no Board.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/20/2014 | 1:19:07 AM
Re: Go Steve
Indeed, he did give out his email. I wonder what sort of system he has in place to filter messages. Probably he has another address for VIP messages. But for the account he gave out, perhaps he has two or three personal assistants dedicated solely to email. Or perhaps Delve and Clutter (part of a breed up upcoming Office 365 products that will magically know exactly what you need to be paying attention to, sometimes before you do) are really that good. Whatever the system, I can only imagine the deluge of email he'd receive if the Clippers, say, won the championship, or, on the other extreme, devestatingly flamed out in the first round. There are around 17 million people in the greater Los Angeles area, after all. Anyhow-- sballmer@clippers.com ;)
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8/20/2014 | 4:54:11 PM
Re: Go Steve
I think Microsoft needed a change in direction.  Many companies have innovated and beat micrsoft in various areas were they were the dominant player.  it time for them to change rapidly and try to catch up.  In other cases, they may be able to becoming dominant once again. 
Charlie Babcock
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8/19/2014 | 9:24:03 PM
Yelling, not the most innovative tactic
He yelled at Linux a lot, as I recall. How far did that get Microsoft? There's a new generation in Redmond and it's best that he clear the way for it. In his departure from the board, he's done a statesman-like job of that.
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melgross,
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8/19/2014 | 10:05:49 PM
Re: Yelling, not the most innovative tactic
Of course, realistically, he has the value of his stock to support. I couldn't imagine him saying anything different.
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8/20/2014 | 12:16:46 AM
Re: Yelling, not the most innovative tactic
"How far did that get Microsoft? There's a new generation in Redmond and it's best that he clear the way for it. In his departure from the board, he's done a statesman-like job of that."

Charle, I believe so. He paved and cleared the path for next gen managers.
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Technocrati,
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8/19/2014 | 10:22:16 PM
The New ( Age ) American Success Story
This really represents the new American success story in many ways, a geek who always loved sports but was never any good at it goes on to make billions and buys a team in the sport that shunned him so many years ago.

That's how you do it - let's hope I never find true success.   There is a Network I would like to buy.
Michael Endler
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8/20/2014 | 1:13:59 AM
Re: The New ( Age ) American Success Story
I don't know if Ballmer has any game, but if I recall correctly, he plays basketball regularly. Even if he's not a star athlete (and again, I have no idea), he's 6-5. ;)

I obviously don't really know what his motivations were in buying the Clippers, but it seems to me like Ballmer's wanted to own a sports team since he was a kid. He was the football manager at Harvard, has been extremely involved with his son's sports, and has been part of groups that tried to bring professional sports team to Seattle in the past. Additionally, he overbid for the Clippers. When I heard he threw down $2 billion, I realized that he had to want a team bad. That kind of number is designed to tell everyone else to back off, and to close the deal quickly. If he's actually gone through the hastle of a bidding war, I bet he would have saved hundreds of millions of dollars. But he evidently didn't care about that; instead, he cared about throwing out a giant number to make sure he didn't let the opportunity pass. Despite the fiscal shrewdness he showed at times as CEO, I find this particular instance of overspending to be pretty consistent with his passionate personality.
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Technocrati,
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8/20/2014 | 7:15:48 PM
Re: The New ( Age ) American Success Story

Thanks for the email address Michael !   I see your point, between the filters and the assistants the chance is relatively low that he will actually read it but he might - so here's my chance !  : )   

He might rue the day he let it out if things go south for the Clippers but I thought it was a nice jester to the fan base,  A new day of openness and transparency  in L.A. ?  

 I hope so.  The city could use a good example of civil involvement.   

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8/21/2014 | 7:29:39 AM
Re: The New ( Age ) American Success Story
When I heard that he was buying the Clippers I had a feeling as if he is chasing a larger passion.  I don't follow his personal life but what you're saying about him being involved in his son's teams and his activity I think this is a way for him to stay fresh and motivated.  I love what I do in the IT field but if something opened up that I could do as well (or maybe better) in an athletic arena I would go for it.  Sometimes people just have to chase their passions and I think that's what Ballmer is doing here, blending his leadership with a love for sports.
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8/21/2014 | 10:03:23 PM
Re: The New ( Age ) American Success Story

@SaneIT    I agree.  There are many reasons one with his wherewithal would make such a move.   It really was a opportunity of a lifetime.   Literally a once in a generation ( Maybe ) opportunity.   Because when you own a cash cow like a Sports team in Los Angeles you never give it up !  

I have been privy to the local interviews he did recently after buying the team, that is the only reason I knew about the "not being good enough to make the team as a kid " slant.   I think we all can relate to that in one way or another - and anyone who has even a bit of fire in their belly carries these things with them throughout life.

So when you get a chance to "remake the ending" - IMO you take it every time.   He might in the end be more interesting than the Clippers themselves.    So I am going to live precarious through him !  :  )  

If I had 2 bil. laying around I would have done the same thing.

SaneIT
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8/22/2014 | 7:33:11 AM
Re: The New ( Age ) American Success Story
@Technocrati, honestly this is the way it should be, he built himself a fortune now it's time to enjoy it.  I don't know that I'd buy a basketball team but I like to think that if I got to that level that I wouldn't stay there until I burned out or went down in flames.  I'd want to chase down some passions and live out some dreams which is what it sounds like Balmer is doing.  I also get the feeling he'll be treated better by the Clippers fans than he was Clippy's haters.
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8/31/2014 | 2:27:48 PM
Re: The New ( Age ) American Success Story
@SaneIT: I have similar views as well. The man worked hard for more than a decade and his graph has always been shaky, but he has always jazzed past the shortcomings of his time as a CEO and has made clever decisions. It is his time to enjoy his current status as a Clippers owner. A $2 billion dollar bid to acquire the same, that is amazing.
David F. Carr
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8/20/2014 | 1:12:10 PM
Something more to this story?
Did he really exit voluntarily? Hard to believe somehow.
jastroff
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8/21/2014 | 10:10:33 AM
Re: Something more to this story?
>> Did he really exit voluntarily? Hard to believe somehow.

 

It's VERY hard to believe given company performance and its perception in the marketplace
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8/21/2014 | 10:08:37 PM
Re: Something more to this story?

@jastroff    From what I understand he still hold his shares and he will have just as much influence as he wants I would believe - Without question.

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8/22/2014 | 2:21:04 PM
Growth and change
I think it's the right decision, sometimes it's very hard for a new CEO to really make change if he is still under the old management style via the board alumni. Hopefully this will give Microsoft a chance to become a leader again in technology and create a new value proposition for its suite and leverage its base. Hopefully Mr. Ballmer will also be able to move forward with the next phase of his career.
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8/31/2014 | 2:25:21 PM
Re: Growth and change
Maybe a welcome change for Microsoft especially since Nadella is pushing Cloud based development forward, however, the success of Nadella over Ballmer would only be seen after sometime. Nadella earlier held the coveted positions of (1) Senior Vice-President of Research and Development for the Online Services Division and (2) Corporate Vice-President of Business Solutions and Search & Advertising Platform Group. Obviously he was a calculated choice as a CEO.


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