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Despite his public perception, he's incredibly intelligent. He has an IQ of 150.

His strategy of being a fast follower worked great for Microsoft when it had crappy competitors - it was ill equipped to deal with good ones like Apple and Google.




"He has an IQ of 150." Source?


That's a very good point. People don't seem to realise now just how damn mentally challenged their competition was in the beginning.


He has an IQ of 150.

There are multiple IQ scales. Stanford-Binet, Cattell etc. Isn't just the number pointless, unless the type of test is also mentioned?


IQ of 148 here (not that I put much stock in it). Ballmer is an idiot. What he lacks in idiocy, he more than makes up for with... lack of leadership, lack of charisma, lack of ethics, and just raw lack of coolness period.

Anyway, that's what I thought BEFORE I read the article. This article is actually pretty awesome! And points out some good things about the guy. I like him a little more now. Nice work, Medium!

One thing I would note is that sticking with 1 company for a long period of time is not necessarily great. You (and the companies you switch among) can learn a TON from each other if you move around a bit. There's even studies that show this (your value to a company is largely exhausted after 2 years).


If there is one unequivocal truth I have learned about social interactions, it's that nobody wants to know what your IQ is.


This might be the best Hacker News comment I have ever read. Excelsior.


Start talking about your children and your audience will be hoping you move onto your IQ.


I would agree. I said it in direct response to someone pointing out his IQ of 150. I was making a point... Or would you say that it's OK to talk about someone ELSE'S IQ?

I also suspect that people would rather not know your phallus size or six+ figure income. All these things are left to discover as a side effect of normal interactions ;)


> All these things are left to discover as a side effect of normal interactions ;)

Haha. Bingo.


lectrick "There's even studies that show this (your value to a company is largely exhausted after 2 years)"

could you please give some links to this studies I am very interested. Thanks


http://money.howstuffworks.com/second-career-ideas/10-reason...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/03/08/the-pr...

I think this is the actual study?

http://www.nerisearch.com/neri-newsletter-career-development...

Basically, a skilled employee gets the most out of a job in the first 3 years. And the new company gets the most out of the employee in the first 3 years (or so). After that, in order to restart the learning experience for both parties, a "change of venue" is necessary.


Nice Work David Barnes! - FTFY




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