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Ballmer in Boston, Later This Month

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 6, 2009 07:00 AM

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is coming to town later in October, and his one semi-public event is proving to be a tough ticket.

The last time Ballmer was in town, in February, he was here for such a short time that the corporate jet's fan blades barely stopped spinning. This time around, on October 16th, he'll have a heftier schedule.

I'm told he'll have a morning "listening" meeting at the Microsoft NERD center in Kendall Square with a number of local tech entrepreneurs and investors. Then, Microsoft is putting together an invitation-only conclave of chief information officers. Ballmer may also connect with some Boston-based policy-makers while he's in town, a Microsoft exec tells me.

At lunch, Ballmer will speak to a gathering of the Chief Executives' Club of Boston, at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Boston. While that is described by a Microsoft spokesperson as a public event, it's not listed on the club's Web site -- maybe because the ticket is so hot that would-be attendees are trying to pull every string possible to get into the room?

I called Peter Rollins, executive director of the Chief Executives' Club, run by Boston College, to ask. He told me they've been getting lots of inquiries, but that the event isn't online for two reasons. First, attendance at the lunch is by invitation only, and second, the site needs an update. (Also coming to the club are the CEO of McDonalds on October 27th and the CEO of Pfizer in December.)

Want to get in to the invite-only lunch? Good luck. Everyone else will just have to enjoy this vintage bit of Ballmer performance art:

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2 comments so far...
  1. I'd encourage all MSFT Nerd employees and others not to have their iPhones out to take pictures: Balmer is a character, and I am sure great to see in person.

    Posted by Rylan Hamilton October 7, 09 08:32 AM
  1. For those interested in viewing Steve Ballmer's presentation at the Chief Executives' Club of Boston, a video of his talk will be available on Boston College Front Row ( by 6 p.m. on Friday, October 16.

    Posted by Suzanne Liola Matus, Boston College Office of Marketing Communications October 7, 09 12:45 PM


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