Steve Ballmer Says He Didn’t Throw a Chair at a Google Engineer: I Just Shook It

Steve Ballmer was undoubtedly one of the most passionate technology company CEOs in the world, so when news of him throwing a chair across the room when finding out that a key engineer was leaving for Google emerged, not too many people were surprised.

Even though the incident itself was a bit extreme, at some level it did sound like something that Ballmer would do, especially because he was a true Microsoft man by all means.

But according to a recent interview, that’s not exactly what happened, with Ballmer explaining that the whole thing was overblown and what he did was only shake the back of the chair.

“Oh, that was overblown. Somebody said [that], I think Marc Lucovsky, who was an engineer that I worked with for many years. I think the story was that I threw a chair. That’s not right. I kind of shook the back of a chair, but I never threw a chair. I said ‘Marc, come on, you should stay’ and then I kind of rattled it, ‘Come on, Marc,’ so I was just rattling th… (read more)

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