Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Predicting Obama's Chief Technology Officer

Intrade hasn't yet released its inevitable slew of contracts on the next president's possible cabinet appointments, but that hasn't stopped BusinessWeek from speculating about the names on Barack Obama's short list for Chief Technology Officer.

Obama, who pledged early on in his campaign to create the first cabinet-level position of Chief Technology Officer for the United States to expand broadband access and oversee a $50 billion venture fund for green technology, hasn't floated any names. BusinessWeek, however, citing Washington insiders, offered a few possibilities: 

  • Vint Cerf, Google's chief internet evangelist
  • Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft
  • Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
  • Ed Felten, computer science professor at Princeton

A quick check of Hubdub and Predictify revealed no current contracts about the US's first CTO, so let us know what you think in the comments.

Recreational traders can chime in on Hubdub about how many Republicans will be in Obama's cabinet, whether Gore will serve in the administration, and whether Warren Buffett will be appointed Treasury Secretary. At Predictify, the focus is on how many women will be in Obama's cabinet and whether Colin Powell will get a nod.


nigeleccles said...

I would create a market on it but I think those candidates are wide of the mark. Ballmer is doing the job he's always wanted to do and is pretty busy. I can't see Bezos leaving Amazon any time soon.

I hate to disappoint the tech bloggers but I think the CTO (if it actually happens) will be someone they either won't have heard off or wouldn't have picked.

Jenni said...

Guess I'm braver than Nigel, here's my attempt: http://www.hubdub.com/m20142/Who_will_be_Obamas_Geek_Czar