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Who Should Be USA’s CTO in the Obama Administration?

Jeremy Geelan is speculating who should be America’s CTO in the Obama administration. He says:

As former IAC executive Julius Genachowski was appointed yesterday to President Elect Obama’s transition team, speculation is growing as to the possibility that Genachowski or someone like him may one day soon become the country’s first Chief Technology Officer. Barack Obama’s transition team also includes Sonal Shah of and Donald Gips, VP of corporate strategy and development for Level 3 Communications.

Other candidates for the nation’s CTO position being mooted in the press are: Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, Sun co-founder Bill Joy, etc.

First of all, the notion of having a CTO for USA is very exciting. It’s a job that I’d really want to have - I’m working on my resume right now!!!

More importantly than who will be the CTO is which industry this person should be coming from. I’d really really recommend the following three industries:

  1. Information technology industry

  2. Information technology industry

  3. Information technology industry

Not because I’m from the IT industry, but rather because IT is the industry that the title of CTO is born from and IT is the industry that is leading the society in terms of not only technical advances, but rather more importantly, culture evolutions. Biotech and energy industries are all hugely important, and may produce far more important technological breakthroughs than the IT industry would be able to, but IT has become part of our culture (as proven in my blog entry The Common Culture Root of Web 2.0 and Barack Obama).

Part of the reason for Obama’s win is due to his campaigns usage of IT in building out grassroots support and reaching out to millions of people. The web and the internet, did wonders in politics!

Who would I nominate? Given that Jeremy does not allow self-promotion, let me just say that the 2nd best candidates are:

  1. Mitt Romney (what? Did i actually type this out?)

  2. Charles Vest (former MIT President. Disqualified because of lacking IT industry background, but a University president may not be a bad idea. Did I effectively nominated Larry Summers here?)

  3. Marc Andreessen

  4. VCs like Vinod Khosla are good choices (as a catogery, VCs are good pools to look into)

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