Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft is leaving (Nasdaq:MSFT). OK so now what? How to make a buck and not get skinned alive. Here’s a few things to keep in mind.
- This is going to take a year. That’s a long time even in dare I say it a “blue chip high-tech company”. Lots of noise with only a few anointed ones knowing the truth will be the norm.
- Everyone wants the culture changed. This means someone from the outside will be brought in and handed a big crowbar. He will then go ahead to cut, chop, slice, dice, splice and even fire people as he or she sets sail for shores unknown.
- Microsoft is a huge company. The MoJo that say an Apple or Google have going is hard to replicate at Microsoft. Microsoft is tied to the PC and it is now a mobile marketplace. A new guy will take forever to turn it around.
- Prepare for the worst and assume the new guy will fail. There are no guarantees. A failed successor will be worse than Steve Ballmer.
George Gutowski writes from a caveat emptor perspective. Follow him on Twitter @financialskepti