Megabucks former corporate chiefs-turned-political candidates couldn’t capitalize on GOP wave in their bids for office in California.
You think you had a tough year? OK, maybe you did. But for some in the technosphere, the pain went beyond the long hours, flat pay scales, and never-ending FUD that you probably encountered. Famous careers flopped, and some of the buzziest technologies and tools failed to live up to their hype — or began to hear their own death rattles. The vast fortunes of two of the most prominent women in technology’s recent past— former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and ex-HP chief Carly Fiorina —weren’t enough to get them elected in California. The Gulf oil spill — probably the single-biggest news event of the year — cast a negative light on the energy industry, which undoubtedly trickles down to its IT leaders. IT workers across the country sweated out another year of the Great Recession era, although those with jobs know they are still among the fortunate ones. Then you had crooks and criminals from all levels of the IT hierarchy—from the CEO seat down to malevolent hackers. If you are not on this list of losers, maybe it wasn’t such a bad year after all.
Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Some of the products that appear on this site are from companies from which QuinStreet receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site including, for example, the order in which they appear. QuinStreet does not include all companies or all types of products available in the marketplace.