The next Microsoft CEO should be Elon Musk

Aug 25, 2013
The next Microsoft CEO should be Elon Musk

There's no better time than now for Microsoft to turn the way they do business on its head - who better to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer than entrepreneur extraordinaire Elon Musk? This man has successfully launched an all-electric vehicle, sent a privately-made, privately-powered space vehicle to the International Space Station, and is - as of this week - making a series of hand-gesture-controlled rockets based on concepts shown in the Iron Man film series. Wouldn't Microsoft benefit from the real-life version of Tony Stark?

After creating the company Tesla that launched the Model S, an electric vehicle so significant that it's earned its own spot amongst the latest high-powered vehicle series in the Gameloft video game Asphalt 8. That's not the sole (nor nearly the most important) point of distinction for the vehicle, but creating such a vehicle and selling it successfully - a high-powered vehicle with price to match, as it is - really speaks to this man's ability to create and sell. There's word that a low-cost companion vehicle is in the works as well.

A mere suggestion of a high-speed transit system in the USA - just a concept, as it remains - raised enough questions through headlines that Musk was pushed to create a full full mock-up earlier this month.

So who better to run a company that's in the middle of a transition from the old way to the new - from the PC era to a place that's dependent on innovation far more than at any time in the past? Musk is the sort of leader of engineers that's been able to create a car that's generated as much buzz as the release of a smartphone in tech news headlines - strange to think about, but not an easy task, to be sure.

How great would it be to have Musk take command at Microsoft?

Unfortunately, it's a situation that can never come to fruition.

Here's the big problem with Musk ever taking a position with Microsoft: he'd never consider such a position. Even the outright denial of any plans for IPO in SpaceX suggests quite clearly the idea that Musk - and his companies - wish to remain private.

It wouldn't make sense for Musk to try to run these companies and Microsoft at the same time, nor would it make sense - based solely on the actions Musk has taken with his several companies over the past several years - for this man to become the head of a company he didn't himself create.

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