Posted by: Jon Fine on October 18, 2007
“No! Absolutely not! I would [want to] say, ‘hey, you just turned 3 years old and we got you playing basketball with the 12 year olds! You’ve got all the potential in this world! You’re gonna dunk! You’re gonna dunk on the other guy someday, Johnny!’”
—Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, responding to a question during an onstage interview concerning whether Microsoft search was like a child he wanted to smack in the head occasionally.
Although this response loses something if, unlike Web 2.0 conference attendees, you don’t hear his voice rise and see his face go scarlet as he delivers it.