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The Culture Root for Web 2.0 and Barrack Obama

Just like how venture capitalists pick CEOs for their portfolio companies, I put 'experience' and -track record of execution'

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What is the reason for this Obama phenomenon? Why is it happening right now, at this moment of history?

Is it because of his eloquent speeches? Is it because people in this country are so tired of the current reality that they want to depart from it as far as possible? Is it because of some of the strategic mistakes that Hilary made?

As a web 2.0 guy who blogs on “Direct from Web 2.0”, I did not see this coming. In fact, my preferences were Mitt Romney from the republican side (maybe McCain too) and Hilary Clinton from the democrat side. I think the three of them (Mitt Romney, John McCain and Hilary Clinton) will do better in the oval office than other candidates. Just like how venture capitalists pick CEOs for their portfolio companies, I put “experience” and “track record of execution” very high in my assessment. If you are conducting a CEO search for your company, would you pick someone who just graduated from Harvard executive MBA, or someone who has been there, done that and has been doing that for the entire life?

Oh well, I must admit my own failure of not seeing this Obama phenomenon coming at all. Just a little while ago, very few have heard of Obama and ever fewer took him seriously. In a very short time window, this new young “kid” (comparing to other candidates), rose to be the front runner with millions of enthusiastic young followers. With a rock star like status, Obama is well on the way to become the first black president in history.

But what is the reason for this Obama phenomenon? Why is it happening now, not ten years ago or four years ago, but at this particular moment of history?

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Coach Wei is founder and CEO of Yottaa, a web performance optimization company. He is also founder and Chairman of Nexaweb, an enterprise application modernization software company. Coding, running, magic, robot, big data, speed...are among his favorite list of things (not necessarily in that order. His coding capability is really at PowerPoint level right now). Caffeine, doing something entrepreneurial and getting out of sleeping are three reasons that he gets up in the morning and gets really excited.

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wtn 05/29/08 05:10:23 PM EDT

wow. this is the worst website i've ever seen.

T. W. Stewart 01/13/08 06:08:20 AM EST

Bunk. Obama addresses the most crucial issues and concerns of Americans better or as well as any other candidate. President Bush has had plenty of experience and Americans have gradually caught on to his deceit and some of his despicable political decisions. We are ready to deal with the issues differently. Be specific with your critique next time. Thanks.

T. W.

anonymous coward 01/11/08 12:02:31 PM EST

Agree that Mitt Romney is the best candidate on the republican side. He has the executive experience, track record, and IQ.

Though his campaign made quite a few mistakes in both IOWA and NH. He should have done better.

It is strange that the press is so negative about Mitt, despite his obvious success so far (he is more successful than any other candidates, with more delegates).

Kevin Carmony 01/10/08 11:11:44 AM EST

I left my position as CEO for open source Linux company Linspire to help Romney become the next President of the United States. He's the one candidate that really understands the importance technology can and should play in the future success of our nation. He's a VERY smart guy, and Washington can use some of those right now.

Kevin Carmony

Nexaweb News Desk 01/08/08 06:13:32 PM EST

As a web 2.0 guy who blogs on 'Direct from Web 2.0', I did not see this coming. In fact, my preferences were Mitt Romney from the republican side (maybe McCain too) and Hilary Clinton from the democrat side. I think the three of them (Mitt Romney, John McCain and Hilary Clinton) will do better in the oval office than other candidates. Just like how venture capitalists pick CEOs for their portfolio companies, I put 'experience' and -track record of execution' very high in my assessment. If you are conducting a CEO search for your company, would you pick someone who just graduated from Harvard executive MBA, or someone who has been there, done that and has been doing that for the entire life?