Eric Schmidt said on CNBC’s Jim Cramer show today that even if asked he will not accept a position in the Obama administration that is expected to be something of a chief technology officer for the USA.
Technology remains a vital US concern in terms of economy, national security, and offers the potential to extricate us from at least some of the pressing problems of the day.
Who would be a great choice for this position?
Mr President Elect Obama, I’d like to nominate Craig Newmark. Craig’s technology credentials are superb, he’s got global vision, and … his website is so successful he’ll never be bothering you for a raise in pay.
Here’s a good discussion of the CTO issue and potential qualifications. I hope Obama realizes how important it is that this person comes from Silicon Valley, deeply understands the internet from both a technical and business perspective, and has the ear and respect of many other major players. Schmidt and Newmark meet this test.
Other good choices might be Meg Whitman or Carly Fiorina. Both which would help cross the party line and the conspiculous tech gender line as well.