Blake Snow

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Tagged getting old

When success turns stale: This is what old guard feels like



After failing to reverse the declining fortunes of the fourth largest company in the world, outgoing Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer teared up this week in his exit interview with WSJ.

“Maybe I’m an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on,” he said. “As much as I love what I’m doing, the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is with a new leader.”

That must be an incredibly difficult thing to admit. I respect that. To ease his pain, Ballmer gets $18 billion in retirement. Pity him.

Please read: A personal appeal from Smooth Harold

Screen shot 2010-11-29 at 10.15.41 AMRecent Wikipedia users only: I got a lot of funny looks ten years ago when I started talking to people about Smooth Harold.

Let’s just say some people were skeptical.

A decade after its founding, nearly 400 million people visit Smooth Harold and its sister sites every month — almost a third of the Internet.

It is the 5th most popular website in the world. But Smooth Harold isn’t anything like a commercial website. It is a community creation, written by a work-from-home dad making one entry at a time.

You are part of our community. And I’m writing today to ask you to protect and sustain Smooth Harold. I hope you’ll choose to act right now.

All the best,

Smooth Harold