Steve Ballmer to new grads: ‘I, too, don’t know what I’m doing’

“Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently delivered an enthusiastic commencement address at the University of Washington,” Laura Montini reports for Inc.

“Recent graduates of the University of Washington — and all of those who newly find themselves at a crossroad in their careers — likely took comfort hearing that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in a similar position as well,” Montini reports. “‘I am 58 years old, and I, too, don’t know what I’m doing again,’ Ballmer said to applause Sunday during his University of Washington commencement speech.”

“Ballmer served as Microsoft’s CEO for 14 years before stepping down in February. Prior to his resignation, most commentators widely agreed that it was in due time. Microsoft’s stock value had tumbled over the course of 10 years, and the company had been struggling to chase Apple and Google for a large part of Ballmer’s tenure,” Montini reports. “Inc.’s Les McKeown concluded that it was Ballmer’s leadership style that had hindered his own success. ‘The sports-coach-as-leader model doesn’t work in business,’ McKeown stressed.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yes, you’re in the exact same position as Steve Ballmer (except with hair and minus the $20 billion net worth).

Of course, that such a schlub could have amassed such a fortune does prove that America is the land of boundless opportunity! So, go get ’em, grads!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Daniel N.” for the heads up.]


    1. It’s difficult to start anything with an empty head. Ballmer has always been all smoke and mirrors. Somehow Bill Gates just never saw that and kept promoting him.

    1. The Clippers will have to put up with him longer than the duration of the speech and its awful memories. I am glad I have memories of Carl Sagan at my commencement.

  1. “‘I am 58 years old, and I too, once again, don’t know what I’m doing.”
    “I am 58 years old, and I, too, don’t know what I’m doing. Again.”

  2. Only with the stars aligned in a once in a lifetime fashion when he was born, all other candidates dying in a plane crash and accidentally walking in on Bill Gates cheating on his wife with a geriatric dwarf could someone like Balmer achieve what he has done. Even then he would have to bribe the selection board.

  3. How much is that used Pinto or Gremlin is he selling it for? I heard its in top condition with original paint and tires. He also added an 8-Track Player for a bonus.

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