• 03.05.09

Who Does Obama’s New CIO Love Most: Google, Microsoft, or Apple?

Ever since Vivek Kundra was appointed by Obama last week as the US’s first Chief Information Officer, the blogosphere has been abuzz about what it will mean for tech juggernauts like Google, Microsoft, and Apple. The 34-year-old former CTO of Washington, D.C.

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The rumors swirling around are that the India-born Kundra is a Blackberry-addicted, Google-apps-maps-obsessed, cloud-computing, open source feinding, crowd sourcing, Apple zealot. (And this is the US government we’re talking about?!). Last year Kundra reportedly had 38,000 D.C. staffers ditch Microsoft Office in favor of Google Apps and this video of Kundra ogling over Google has been making the rounds. It seems like Microsoft is once again culturally the odd man out.


Meanwhile, the elephant in the room is that Obama still hasn’t managed to fill the Chief Technology Officer post. Google’s Schmidt reportedly turned down the job. Who do you think should be Obama’s tech czar and why do you think he’s having such a tough time filling it?

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Danielle Sacks is an award-winning journalist and a former senior writer at Fast Company magazine. She's chronicled some of the most provocative people in business, with seven cover stories that included profiles on J.Crew's Jenna Lyons, Malcolm Gladwell, and Chelsea Clinton.