Sandwiches with Steve Jobs or Burritos with Bill Gates?

Among the most common of hypotheticals you’ll find this: If you could have lunch with any celebrity – dead or alive – who would it be?

Curious, we posed this question to our tester community as part of our weekly What Do uThink series. However, since Elvis and LeBron James are booked solid for the foreseeable future, we limited our celebrity pool to legends from the world of technology. No offense to The Kings.

With that criteria, we weren’t totally shocked to see this become another close contest between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Here were the results:

  • Steve Jobs (Apple)- 27%
  • Bill Gates (Microsoft) – 24%
  • Alan Turing (pioneer of modern computer) – 16%
  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google Founders) – 11%
  • Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the worldwide web, HTML, HTTP) – 5%
  • Hopper (uTest mascot) – 5%
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) – 3%

Sandwiches with Steve Jobs, burritos with Bill Gates – you really can’t go wrong. Not only could these guys carry a great conversation and provide you with a first hand account of tech history, but they’d almost certainly pick up the tab as well.

It was a little surprising to see Hopper get more votes than Mark Zuckerberg, especially considering his many annoying food allergies and poor table manners (Hopper that is). Also, if you’re quick with the math, you’ll know that 8% chose “other.” This distinguished group included testing experts James Bach and Michael Bolton, as well as Al Gore, George Lucas and Michael Dell.

A strong case can be made for every member of this list – so go ahead and make one. Who among these tech legends would you want to have lunch with and why?

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