Wer wird der neue Bill Gates?
Am Freitag hatte Bill Gates seinen letzten Arbeitstag (bekommt er eigentlich auch einen goldenen Uhr geschenkt?). Erick Schonfeld fragt, wer tritt in seine Fußstapfen? Seine Auswahl:
Sergey Brin / Larry Page: „The two people most likely to carry on Bill Gates’ legacy also happen to be his biggest nemeses. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are already nerdy, brainy billionaires and are taking on Microsoft on multiple fronts—from search to online applications. And, in fact, when it comes to making money on the Web, it is Microsoft that is trying to catch up to Google.”
Jeff Bezos: “He is now offering Amazon’s “cloud computing” infrastructure to other companies that don’t want to have to build their own data centers to store data or run a Web applications. Through a series of “Web services,” companies can buy data storage, compute cycles, and database access from Amazon, and pay only for what they use. In this way, Bezos is helping to define the next era of Web-scale computing.“
Mark Zuckerberg: “If there is one person who reminds people the most of the young Bill Gates, it is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The 24-year old is a Harvard drop-out (like Gates) and is building his company with the focus and singular vision of making it the operating system for social applications.”
Weiter Kandidaten sind der Salesforce-Gründer Marc Benioff, der Slide-Gründer Max Levchin, Evan Williams (Twitter) sowie die Flickr-Günder Stewart Butterfield/Caterina Fake und Paul Buchheit / Bret Taylor von Friendfeed.
Zu Kevin Rose schreibt Schonfeld: „If software is becoming social, there is no better example than Digg. The popular news site attracts 15 million visitors a month, according to comScore. Digg relies entirely on its readers to submit headlines and links to articles, and vote them to the homepage.”