OLPC seeks a CEO -- who was your favorite CEO elsewhere?

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky znmeb at cesmail.net
Tue Mar 11 23:35:28 EDT 2008

John Gilmore wrote:
>   ==>  Who's the best manager or CEO you ever worked for?

Hands down, C. Norman (Norm) Winningstad!


> OLPC has already changed the world in a small
> way, by teaching us that there's a vibrant world market for low cost,
> high function portable computers, and reminding us how much leverage
> there is in third world educational improvement.  OLPC still has a
> chance to change the world in a big way, by satisfying that market,
> rather than leaving it to commercial companies to half-assedly pick up
> the pieces.

One *big* challenge OLPC faces is that those commercial companies aren't 
half-assed at all -- they are *directly* competing with OLPC by all 
legal means!

> Steering OLPC back on to the rails before it crashes and
> burns will be a job your favorite CEO or manager will never forget.

I'm not sure your presuppositions are accurate here. First of all, I 
don't think OLPC is "off the rails" or headed towards a "crash and burn" 
fate. Second, there are very real constraints OLPC has accepted:

1. Non-profit status
2. Open-source licensing
3. Depending on volunteer software engineering.

Finally, I don't think your problem is going to be finding *applicants*. 
Your problem is going to be finding the *right* applicant.

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