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Steve Ballmer opens a new window as Clippers' enthusiastic owner
Steve Ballmer opens a new window as Clippers' enthusiastic owner

Steve Ballmer delivered many lessons this fall to the 80 students who squeezed their way into his much-anticipated class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Never forget, the former Microsoft chief executive told them, that at the heart of every successful company there beats a compelling story. The budding capitalists would need to embrace their companies' stories wholeheartedly. And yet, he cautioned, be prepared to change course at any moment. "No one is ever going to forget your old story," Ballmer told a small group that huddled around him after class this month. "But, occasionally, you get a chance to reboot." At 58 and less than a year after...

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