Conan O’Brien Explains Why He Turned Down Microsoft CEO Job Offer

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The comedian and late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien is extending his work to LinkedIn in entertaining people. In a post on LinkedIn, he explained why he turned down the job offer of becoming CEO of Microsoft and congratulated Satya Nadella for his new job. Read the post below to have some fun time.

LinkedIn Influencer Conan O’Brien here, and I’d like to belatedly congratulate Satya Nadella, the veteran executive who will be replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft.

You’ll do a great job, Satya. It is my informed opinion that you were the right second choice. The right first choice, of course, being the current host of CONAN on TBS.

Sure, the Microsoft board never technically asked me to be their CEO. I did, however, get a tweet from Bill Gates once. So, you do the math. That is why I was proactive, as business visionaries often are, and sent a very nice “thanks, but no thanks” note with an Edible Arrangement to their Redmond, Washington campus.

The complete lack of any response to my flat-out rejection of their non-offer spoke volumes. One day, I’m sure they’ll get over it.

It would have been easy to run a scrappy start-up like Microsoft. As easy as booting up Windows ‘98 on my Compaq Presario and winning a game of Minesweeper.

Turning Microsoft back into an industry titan like Wang or Commodore would have required a simple three point action-plan: 1. Zune 2. More Zune 3. Even More Zune.

But wait, there’s more.

I would have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a marketing campaign to get everyone in America to “Bing their symptoms” after that weekend trip to Juarez.

The Surface tablet would have come with new peripheral device I called “Tiny Windshield Wipers.”

Every single version of the Windows operating system would have been voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

Excel 2014 would have built-in Instagram filters.

These are just some of the brilliant ideas that I wrote down in my personal journal titled “Poetry.”

Life is too short to ponder “what ifs.” What if I had decided to breed emus? What if I had joined Cirque du Soleill? What if I was self-aware?

We will never know the answers to these questions. But I can answer the one question that is currently melting your brain.

The reason I turned down the CEO job was simple – I knew, in my heart of hearts, that Microsoft would never, ever, let me rename the entire company CONAN. And at the end of the day, I just want to work for a company that’s in the business of me, me, me



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  • Nham Thien Duong

    In the future I’ll rename the company Nhamthiensoft, just kidding. :-P

    But as usual he’s funny.

    • SategB

      Specially the poking fun at Zune, I almost forgot about that Ballmer blunder.

  • redtidal

    Every single version of the Windows operating system would have been voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

    – I would love that.

    • troyrig

      Except Windows 3.1 would’ve been voiced by a child, Windows 95 by a bratty teenager, and Windows XP by a drunken college student…

      • Guest

        Widows 8 would be voice of John Nash, the quite intelligent and sadly terribly schizophrenic Economist!

  • soder

    That guy looks like a plastic surgery went wrong. Does the US media really demands that this guy should look like this to be screen-compatible?