An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle
In Softwar, journalist Matthew Symonds gives readers exclusive and intimate insight into both Oracle and the man who made it and runs it. As well as relating the story of Oracle's often bumpy path to industry dominance, Symonds deals with the private side of Ellison's life. With unlimited insider access granted by Ellison himself, Symonds captures the intensity and, some would say, the recklessness that have made Ellison a legend.
With a new and expanded epilogue for the paperback edition that tells the story behind Oracle's epic struggle to win control of PeopleSoft, Softwar is the most complete portrait undertaken of the man and his empire -- a unique and gripping account of both the way the computing industry really works and an extraordinary life.
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- Simon & Schuster |
- 528 pages |
- ISBN 9780743225052 |
- September 2004
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Chapter One: Larry and Me
I first met Larry Ellison in his office at Oracle's Redwood Shores headquarters on December 8, 1997. I had recently become The Economist's technology and communications editor, and this was the first of what became regular visits to Silicon Valley. I had just completed two days of meetings at Microsoft's campus at Redmond, Washington, 800 miles to the north, where an array of impressively on-message executives had been wheeled out for my benefit -- though unfortunately not Bill Gates himself. I would see him on my next visit, I was assured. But there was a strong hint that "face time with Bill" was...
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