Joachim Kempin worked at Microsoft for about two decades, first joining the company in the 1980s, when it only had about 400 employees.
Now he has written a book about what those years were like: "Resolve And Fortitude: Microsoft's Secret Power Broker Breaks His Silence."
In addition to telling the story of Microsoft's growth into a global powerhouse, Kempin's book includes a strong opinion about what has gone wrong at Microsoft over the past 10 years.
The problem is at the top, Kempin argues.
CEO Steve Ballmer is the wrong guy for the job. Kempin believes that Microsoft should be led by a technologist, not a businessman.
"The issue with Steve Ballmer is that he is not the technical visionary inside the company," Kempin tells The Daily Ticker.
Kempin believes that Microsoft would be better off firing Steve Ballmer and hiring a tech executive from Google, Facebook, or Apple to run the company--an executive that better understands the needs and desires of the Facebook generation. "ThatRead More »from Former Microsoft Employee Says Steve Ballmer Must Go