Former Microsoft CEO and Current LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer visits with Growthinker Luke Brown

Very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Steve Ballmer  speak and to do Q&A with him today. Among the takeaways , 

the most poignant and relevant were: 

* There's plenty of capital available for good business ideas. 
* Telling Satya Nadella, upon Nadella being named CEO of 
Microsoft: "Be bold - but be right!" 
* Ballmer's self-described leadership style is fluid based on 
time and situation. 
* "Get rid of your dead wood employees. High performers 
hate them." 
* Ballmer describes his personality as "hard core", meaning 
he thinks he's relentless, persistent, and tenacious. He told 
a story of happily winning a $20 golf bet from the Dean of 
Marshall School of Business, Jim Ellis. 
* Ballmer said it took Microsoft 15 years to master selling to 
enterprise customers. 
* He described many Microsoft employees coming to him with 
great ideas, yet those same employees were unable to execute 
on their own ideas. In that situation, even a company as large 
as Microsoft still suffers from some of the same pains as many 
startups. 
* He considers recruiting and company culture vital. He and Bill 
Gates placed high importance on that, even when they had just 
30 employees.