To err is human. We all make mistakes, and no one is perfect. Tech legends like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Satya Nadella Narayana Murthy, Elon Musk and others too have made mistakes. Here are some of the common mistakes that tech luminaries regret.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates: Not making one button for Control-Alt-Delete
During a question-and-answer session to launch a Harvard University fund-raising campaign in 2013, Microsoft co-founder and not to mention, The world’s richest man termed Control-Alt-Delete command a biggest mistakes. Bill Gates said if he could change one thing, he would have made the Control+Alt+Delete keystroke into a single button.
We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” said Gates
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: Regretted trying to beat cancer with alternative medicine
During an interview Walter Isaacson the author of Steve Jobs’ biography said that late Apple CEO regretted attempts to treat his cancer with alternative medicine just before agreeing to undergo surgery.
Despite numerous pleas from family and friends, Jobs refused to undergo surgery for months. He is reported to have tried to cure himself just by simply going through acupuncture sessions, drinking special fruit juices and using other treatments.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin: Shouldn’t have worked on Google+
In 2014, speaking at Recode’s Code Conference, Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Said that it was “probably a mistake” for him to have worked on Google+ by considering that he’s “not a very social person”. Brin calls himself a “kind of a weirdo”. Google+ is the company’s social network which failed to make an impact in the market.
Narayana Murthy: Quitting his position as Infosys’ chairman in 2014
Earlier this year, Infosys cofounder Narayana Murthy said he regretted quitting his position as the IT giant’s chairman in 2014.
Murthy stated, “A lot of my founder colleagues told me not to leave Infosys in 2014, to stay few years more. Generally, I find that I am a very emotional person. A lot of my decisions are bascially based on idealism and probably I should have listened to them.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Ridiculing fears over Facebook’s effect on US election
After Donald Trump’s election as the US President, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was really quick to dismiss the social networking site’s role in influencing the US election. Last month, responding to Trump’s tweet stating that Facebook was anti-Trump.
Zuckerberg said, “After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea that misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea. Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Mistakes were made on the road to Tesla’s Model 3
In 2015, speaking about Tesla’s new Model X, CEO Elon Musk said he regretted putting too much into the model.
Commenting on how some of the tech was rushed. The right thing to do with the Model X would have been to take a lot of the really awesome cool things and table them for a future version. “The big mistake we made with the X, which primarily was my responsibility, was having way too much complexity right at the beginning. That was very foolish.”