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McNealy: "They Won't Let Me Start a Blog"

But would he still refrain if "Blogzilla" - William H. Gates III - began a CEO blog?

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  • So, how well-read would it be?

    Scott McNealy has been hypothesizing that "It would be very well-read," even though - so he explains - he can't start one because he has "to play a little bit more like Switzerland" and be neutral. (Oh, that would be a McNealy first right there.)

    Yes, "CEO Blogging" is back in the headlines again.

    So, should he or shouldn't he? Presumably McNealy would be more than welcome to join The International Club of CEO Bloggers - led by Guillaume du Gardier who describes himself as "CEO and Blogger" (for the curious, CEO Bloggers' Club comes out in French as "Club des PDG Blogueurs" - so now you know!)

    McNealy, were he ever to start CEO-blogging, would be joining folks like Craig Newmark - the CEO of Craiglist - and Mark Cuban - the billionaire businessman, CEO, and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team whose Blog Maverick is a lively read.

    Though he's not a CEO,  the blog of John Patrick, former Vice President of Internet technology at IBM, now President of Attitude LLC, is considered a must-read by anyone wishing to read insightful commentary on the next-generation Internet. Perhaps a McNealy blog would be a combination of Patrick and Cuban?

    No disrespect to McNealy or Jonathan Schwartz or anyone else, but all bets would be off as to who is writing the world's most widely-read blog if Brier Dudley, a Seattle Times technology reporter, is right. Because Dudley recently reported that one William H. Gates III is possibly about to start out-blogging every blogger in cyberspace:

    "Bill Gates could join the ranks of bloggers
    Bill Gates has a reputation for coming late to the party, then making a big splash when he arrives. That's what happened after the Microsoft chairman realized the potential of the Internet. And it may happen again if he starts his personal Web log. Yes, the world's richest man may start his own blog "

    This report is from just a week ago. Watch out, world, here comes Blogzilla. 



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  • McNealy: "Sun Is Not Proprietary, Just As IBM Is Not Bankrupt"
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    Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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    Most Recent Comments
    Alice Bryce 11/02/04 01:11:40 AM EST

    McNealy's lawyers and advisers need to shut him now. The guy mouths off like a trash-talking teenage jock. Grow up dood.

    Bob Runkel 11/01/04 10:34:07 PM EST

    Ballmer's BLOG would just be another method to sell Microsoft software!

    Raymond Gao 11/01/04 08:46:42 PM EST

    I have several questions. What about copyright issues? Will people be liable for copyright infringement? On the technical side, is there an open/free source blogger tool and APIs for .NET or J2EE?

    Blogging For $$$ 11/01/04 07:48:02 AM EST

    McNealy should watch out. Business 2.0 this month has an article about a blogger who makes $55,000 a year working 3 hours a day. It isn't just for CEOs! Blogs are a more usually a bottom-up phenomenon than a top-down one.

    McNealy the Wallflower (NOT) 11/01/04 07:07:55 AM EST

    Oh per-lease "I have to play a little bit more like Switzerland" indeed - that would be like Mohammed Ali saying I'm just going to sit here in the corner quietly and let you press guys talk to that nice Mr Joe Frazier, or Bill O'Reilly say "No worries, gentleman, you just chat to Mr Michael Moore while I just file my nails."

    McNealy will no more stay on the sidelines than water will flow uphill. I'd give him about 5 more minutes before he's blogging for all he's worth!