Click here to show or hide the menubar.

Home >  Archive >  2012 >  May >  1

Previous / Next

They still want to make me a CEO
By Dave Winer on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 3:36 PM.
A picture named starryNight.gifCan you imagine if you wanted to play professional basketball, and you were good, you were on a couple of championship teams, and have set a couple of records, that they'd say to you "Okay, we'll let you play, but you have the be a CEO and give us a business plan we like." permalink
What if in addition to being a great painter or musician, you also had to look great in a suit and have an MBA? permalink
Or if you wanted to be a surgeon, and had to spend all day every day in meetings with people you don't like or respect, explaining to them, without hurting their feelings why you have to use this scalpel instead of that one.  permalink
Maybe you might not be a great CEO but you could paint Starry Night or sing a nice ballad, or arrange flowers nicely, or cook a great meal for 2000 people.  permalink
There are a lot of talents that have nothing to do with being a CEO.  permalink
And then there's this... permalink
I don't want to be a CEO. permalink
Let me say that slowly. permalink
I. Don't. Want. To. Be. A. CEO. permalink
But I do love to make software. permalink
A picture named ceosInAnArray.jpgI suspect in 20 or 30 years the tech business, if it survives all the bubbles that will come and go between then and now, will be structured around creative talent as well as corporateness (and I'm being generous to corporateness). But that day has not come yet. And until it does, btw, the tech industry is just as vulnerable and just as dumb as industries it looks down on. As long as you think of programmers as employees and not creative people, or see being a CEO as superior to being a world-class developer, you're vulnerable to disruption. Really big time disruption. permalink
This site contributes to the community river.

© Copyright 1997-2012 Dave Winer. Last update: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 5:13 PM Eastern. Last build: 5/31/2012; 9:36:47 AM. "It's even worse than it appears."

RSS feed for Scripting News

Previous / Next