by Joe Doherty, IT World

5 Tech Leaders Who Should Stay Off the Stage

Jul 07, 2010
Data Center IT Leadership

We expect a lot from the leaders of big tech companies. They should give us great products, dazzling presentations, and well-timed laugh lines. But sometimes these guys give such a performance that you just have to sit back and scratch your head. You can see why they're businessmen and not actors. But don't tell them that. Here are some videos to prove that point.

Steve Ballmer

Known for his on-stage antics, Steve Ballmer is a rather extreme example of a businessman gone wild. Perhaps he is the greatest actor known to man. Perhaps he’s just crazy. Either way, this dude should probably just stick to frightening the bejeezus out of people in the boardroom.

Windows 7 Launch: Top 10 Things Steve Ballmer Will Not Say

Bill Gates

In this legendarily bad television commercial, the richest man on the planet pairs up for “laughs” with the comedian who made gold out of nothing. Both should have just stayed home.

[ 40 days of summer (gadgets) ]

Bill Gates: 10 Unforgettable Moments

Steve Jobs

Apple’s new iPad, iPhone 4, and even their computers are buzz-generating monsters. Too bad Steve Jobs has the presence of a houseplant.

[ 5 Vacation Destinations for Geeks]

How Steve Jobs Beats Presentation Panic

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison is a fascinating figure. His life outside of Oracle is rich (in every sense) and full. He sails (in a little race called “America’s Cup”), flies his own private jet and owns cars that make me weep just reading their names. But Mr. Ellison on stage is not what you’d call “compelling”. Imagine this guy on “Law & Order”? He’d be the reason the show finally gets cancelled.

[ 20 Sizzling Summer Video Games ]

Slideshow: Larry Ellison in Pictures: It’s Good to Be The King

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos does well on screen. He’s well spoken, knows how to handle himself, and has a good voice. Although maybe it’s only because I get him confused with Harry Shearer.

[ 6 Real Sci-Fi Gadgets: The Future… Today! ]

Slideshow: 12 Types of Tech Zealots: How to Spot Them in the Wild

Slideshow: Fighting the Dark Side: Tech’s Heroes and Villains