Technology executives are generally known for their work ethic, Bank accounts, ability to imagine a different world in the future and, on occasion, some very strange hobby. What they’re not known for, however, is their ability to communicate in a calm, trusting, or even, at the very least, kind manner. And in 2021, boy, did we see that on the screen.
This year we’ve had a mix of tech executives saying terrible things to their employees, trying to troll Congress, and working their best to tell the story of their white, sunscreen-protected faces in a way that makes them feel good. makes it kinda cool. Let’s take a look back at six of the craziest things tech executives said in 2021.
“You are a bunch of DUMB DOLPHINS”
In an email to his employees, Better.com CEO Vishal Garg wrote one of the most unbalanced company-wide emails that has ever graced my screen.
“HELLO — WAKE UP A BETTER TEAM,” Garg said in an email to employees obtained by Forbes. “You are TOO SLOWLY. You are a bunch of DUMB DOLPHINS and… DUMB DOLPHINS are caught in nets and eaten by sharks. SO STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT NOW. YOU KICK ME.”
Garg was part of a bigger controversy this year after laying off around 900 employees in an impersonal and devastating Zoom call that leaked online. Since then, three of Better.com’s senior executives have resigned, according to Insider.
Yes or no? YES OR NO? YES OR NO!?!?!?
The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google were summoned to Congress in March for a hearing, and my God did Congress wants tech executives to just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Representative Mike Doyle from Pennsylvania asked the three CEOs if they thought their platforms contributed to the storm on Capitol Hill on January 6.
“Just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer,” Doyle said. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of course didn’t respond with a simple “yes” or “no,” which infuriated the Democrat. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded with a “yes, but …” and then, of course, he tweeted. It was a simple question mark and a poll with two choices: “yes” or “no”.
Almost 110,000 people voted, with 64.4% of respondents saying “yes” and 35.6% saying “no”.
Mark Zuckerberg wears sunscreen!
Some CEO trends transcend time, and this is one of them. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta – the now parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – just wants everyone to know the details of the paparazzi photo that has taken the internet by storm. In it, Zuckerberg is doing hydrofoil, which is basically surfing but less cool, and his face is completely covered with at least an inch thick layer of sunscreen.
In one Live Instagram video between Zuckerberg and Instagram manager Adam Mosseri in April, Zuckerberg said he was “getting out of hand” with pro surfer Kai Lenny, when he noticed “that paparazzi” was following them. He didn’t want to be recognized, so he did what any ordinary person would do to avoid being recognized and “put on a ton of sunscreen.”
“It backfired on him,” Zuckerberg added.
Of course he did. Sunscreen is a terrible disguise. Plus, the story contradicts how he’s championed his sunscreen in the past.
In a Q&A leak from 2020, Zuckerberg said he spent all day playing in the sun before heading home and seeing a photo that didn’t make him look very good. He never mentioned seeing the paparazzi.
“I’m not the type to have the illusion that I look particularly cool at all times with what I do,” Zuckerberg said during the Q&A leak, according to The Verge. “But when you eFoil on the coast of Hawaii, and it’s beautiful and it feels like it’s awesome – and then you come back in line and you see it’s the picture, it’s what you look like – it’s like, OK. Okay. Maybe it’s a little more sunscreen than I thought. “
At the time, he added that he “was not going to apologize for wearing too much sunscreen.”
“I think sunscreen is good, and I support it,” he said.
Instagram manager “doesn’t want to hear” that JoJo Siwa is a minor on the platform
In June, Instagram manager Adam Mosseri was chatting live with youth sensation JoJo Siwa on Instagram when she revealed a secret about her experience on his platform.
“I know you’re not supposed to have Instagram until you’re 13 – I did. I had an account,” Siwa said.
“I don’t want to hear that,” Mosseri replied.
“You didn’t hear that,” Siwa joked. “No one else heard that.”
This, while a little wild in itself, was made even more interesting by a series of ominous leaks on young people on Instagram. Documents from Facebook’s own research escape to the Wall Street newspaper found that “Instagram is harmful for a significant percentage of [teens], especially adolescent girls. also revealed that social comparison and body image issues impact teens more than adults, with some of the “most intense experiences” being social comparison, loneliness, stress and depression. Almost half of all the teenage girls on Instagram feel like they “often or always compare how they look” to others on the platform, and a third “feels an intense pressure to look perfect.”
Jeff Bezos thanks us for sending him to space
It was the year of billionaires who traveled to space just for fun. It was first Richard branson, followed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who each made separate and consecutive flights to the edge of space. And Bezos just wants to thank the people who literally paid for his trip: the Amazon employees he mistreats.
“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you paid for all of this,” he said at a press conference after the theft. “Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. “
Amazon employees, however, didn’t have that space trip they paid for. Instead, they had to work in dangerous conditions throughout the pandemic, including compulsory overtime, which forced some employees to pee in bottles. Many tested positive for COVID-19 Therefore.
Most of the things Elon Musk said
Finally, there couldn’t be a complete list of weird comments from tech executives without mentioning almost everything Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has ever said. There just aren’t enough characters to describe this in detail, so here’s a taste of his best (worst) tweets.