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Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board

Former Microsoft CEO -- and newly minted LA Clippers owner -- Steve Ballmer steps down from the board but will remain Microsoft's largest individual shareholder.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the Windows Phone 8 launch in October 2012.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the Windows Phone 8 launch in October 2012.

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SunitaT0
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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.
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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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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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8/22/2014 | 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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8/21/2014 | 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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8/21/2014 | 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.

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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 | 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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8/20/2014 | 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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8/20/2014 | 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. 
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