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Influential People – Survey Data

July 26, 2009

BW 25 influential people on the Web – 2008

BW, as usual has come out yet another of its famous lists – the BW 25 influential people on the Web. It includes the following people…

  • The Marshall: Mitchell Baker –
  • The Innovator: Jeff Bezos –
  • The Searchers: Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt –
  • The Investor: Jeff Clavier –
  • The Papa Bear: Paul Graham –
  • The Muckracker: Arianna Huffington –
  • The Adviser: Joi Ito –
  • The Mastermind: Steve Jobs –
  • The Filmer: Jonathan Kaplan –
  • The Communicator: Loic Le Meur –,
  • The Trader: Jack Ma –
  • The Publisher: Matt Mullenweg –
  • The Mogul: Rupert Murdoch –
  • The Community Organizer: Craig Newmark,
  • The Traffic Driver: Gabe Rivera –
  • The Poster Boy: Kevin Rose –
  • The Adult: Sheryl Sandberg –
  • The Edutainer: Jon Stewart –
  • The Money Man: Peter Thiel –,
  • The Crafter: Maria Thomas –
  • The Advocate: Anssi Vanjoki –
  • The Crowd Sourcer: Jimmy Wales –
  • The Blogger: Evan Williams –
  • The Fighter: Jerry Yang –

100 Most Influential People in IT (eWeek) – 2008

eWeek has released the list of 100 most influential people in IT – The editors should have spent a lot of time on this… Really, the who’s who of IT / people shaping the IT industry. Microsoft has a 8 people in the top 50!, showing their influence.

  1. Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle
  2. Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple
  3. Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
  4. Sam Palmisano, Chairman and CEO, IBM
  5. Marissa Mayer, Vice president, search products and user experience, Google
  6. Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, Microsoft
  7. Joe Tucci, Chairman, president and CEO, EMC
  8. Mark Hurd, Chairman, president and CEO, Hewlett-Packard
  9. John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems
  10. Larry Page & Sergey Brin, President of products and president of technology, respectively, Google

Thoughtful Quotes

July 26, 2009

Three core beliefs expounded in “A business and is beliefs” by Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM:

  1. Have respect for the individual
  2. Give the best company service of any company in the world
  3. Pursue all tasks with the idea that they can be accomplished in a superior fashion

Steve Ballmer on Microsoft’s focus in these trying times (Gartner ITxpo 2008 – Oct 2008)

  1. Help Customers to make information available to employees, partners and customers.
  2. Agility in business and
  3. Cost.

“For IT specialists, Expertise alone does not inspire trust and credibility. Successful IT specialists work on their trustworthiness and build good relationships with clients at the same time…” Barbara Beshein, et al SMR Summer 1997.

“Not all problems have a technological answer, but when they do, that is the more lasting solution.”
– Andy Grove, Founder of Intel Corporation
“How you handle your own time, is in my view, the single most important aspect of being a role model and leader”, Andy Grove in High Output Management

Bill Gates

July 26, 2009

Bill Gates… in 2002…
“I’ve always liked multitasking. But there are incredible limits to what I can do – like how much time there is in a day, and how much I like going home at night and having a lot of things to cogitate on…. But I’ve also learned that only through Focus can you do world-class things, no matter how capable you are.”

Craig Mundie on Bill… as Chief SW Architect
“Bill’s unique gift was always the way he does this complete and continuous synthesis. It’s like he’s a pipe, and all kinds of stuff goes in at this end and a continuous output of optimized strategy comes out the other end…”

Every MS product has its genesis in a list of transformative scenarios. Scenario means not merely real-world setting in which a software feature or capability might come handly, but how it will change the user’s life… “The scenario is the dream, not something defined in super-gory detail.” says Mundie.

Bill has three modes in meetings – Listening, Challenging and Coaching. He’s gotten better at coaching in the past couple of years.