Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, goes the old mantra. Of course, that and really any common sense gets tossed out the window once money is involved. The guys at the top are greedy, what’s the difference between $1.1 million and $1.5? Really, though. So, in the latest instance of a company turning on the person that made them, a few of the board members over at Microsoft decided they’ve had it with this Bill Gates guy, calling for his ouster from his post as Chairman of the board.
Apparently, these three grumpy old men think that dropping Gates will allow the company to move forward more succinctly, that Gates is holding them back. Let’s back up. This is the guy that created the concept of the window all of you are reading this post on right now. Gates is the Mick Jagger to Steve Jobs’ John Lennon. You don’t fire Gods and they also don’t usually step down.Not to mention Gates is one of the most beloved businessmen in recent memory, a guy who donates $2 billion a year and still endorses higher taxes on the rich. Rockefeller he is not. He is a genuinely good guy doing genuinely good work, so what are you waiting for-get him out of there!
So, with that, Microsoft, which has real problems (see: Microsoft Surface) that having someone experienced like Gates will help solve, is instead trying to push out one of the most important business and tech minds of a generation. Too bad there isn’t a good example of a huge tech company pushing out their founder only to fall apart and ask for him back. . . oh wait.