I know my Valley gossip – Wii!

I won a Wii at the Web 2.0 Expo, courtesy of Ask‘s ExperTease contest. Among the questions on my path to victory:

  • What Silicon Valley founder is rumored to have had cosmetic surgery? Answer here.
  • What Valley CEO threw a desk at a teacher in elementary school? Hint 1: Steve Ballmer is not a Valley CEO. Hint 2: Despite his world-famous temper, it’s not Larry Ellison. Answer here.
  • Which current Google VP dated a Google co-founder? Hint: Google’s co-founders are male and not gay. Answer here.

Of course, the “answers” are just what has been rumored; it’s gossip and not necessarily true. I wasn’t able to find any reference to the desk-throwing incident. The cosmetic surgery rumor was originally posted on Valleywag with no evidence and seems to have been removed from the site. (I’m pointing to a Google-cached copy.)

As I was researching this piece, I noticed that for all of the executives mentioned, except the Googlers, the top Google result is their Wikipedia entries. For the Googlers, the top result is their Google corporate profile pages. Microsoft, Oracle and other companies may want to work on their SEO.

Note to my boss: I don’t spend all day on Valleywag. Honest.


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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