Steve Ballmer’s Temper

Everybody who follows the tech industry knows that Steve Ballmer (CEO of microsoft) can be rather loud and obnoxious. If you haven’t see the monkeyboy video check this out. That was from some microsoft conference a few years back. Also check out this ipod commercial parody based on it Well in recent months, microsoft has had a legal dispute going with google over googles hiring of a former ms employee. Another former ms employee Mark Lucovsky told the following tale of his exit interview with Ballmer when informing him that he was going to google:

Prior to joining Google, I set up a meeting on or about November 11, 2004 with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss my planned departure….At some point in the conversation Mr. Ballmer said: “Just tell me it’s not Google.” I told him it was Google.

At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: “Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I’m going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to fucking kill Google.” ….

Thereafter, Mr. Ballmer resumed trying to persuade me to stay….Among other things, Mr. Ballmer told me that “Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.”

I think Ballmer needs learn to relax a little. I am amazed the guy hasn’t stroked out.

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