Re: 8 Execs You Love To Hate
Love this list, Dave. Good to see you haven't lost your penchant for picking great pictures. Is it bad that I knew the article was yours as soon as I saw that (legendary) picture of Ballmer on the front page? I suppose not - I found it listed at the top of 'top stories', after all! People love this stuff, and you can certainly count me among them. You know a character when you see one, and even though I never had my ear pressed to the floor that hard beforehand, I knew as soon as Ballmer was announced as the next CEO that we were in for a good time.
On a less pessimistic note, I am curious to see what happens next for Microsoft. As you say, nobody will be able to fill Bill Gates' shoes, and it's very possible that anyone who sits in that chair will be hated no matter what. Then again, we've really only had one CEO since then, so it's hard to be so sure. It's fair to say that Ballmer was a special case - he had established history with the company, he had a one-in-a-million personality, and he was more of a business guy (presumably, future CEOs will be more tech people). Maybe his successor will be given a clean slate.. but we'll have to see what they do with it. Either way, I suspect we're in for a good time once again.