Robert Cyran, U.S. tech columnist, joined Breakingviews in London in 2003 and moved four years later to New York, where he continues to cover global technology, pharmaceuticals and special situations. Robert began his career at Forbes magazine, where he assisted in the startup of the international version of the magazine. Before working at Breakingviews he worked as a market researcher and reporter covering the pharmaceutical industry. Robert has a Masters degree in economics from Birmingham University and an undergraduate degree from George Washington University. Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_cyran
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The software giant’s CEO had a simple plan for his first year in charge: don’t repeat predecessor Steve Ballmer’s errors. He has not been that successful, as weak quarterly earnings show. Providing a clear long-term strategy would be more useful than just avoiding past mistakes.
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