I posted the highlights version of the interview which basically covered what was going on with Mr. Ellison and Oracle but when you hear the entire interview you get a real glimpse of how he thinks and works and we haven’t heard a lot of that as this goes beyond the media coverage you normally hear. I like how he discusses the “cloud” technology and he’s right, it has been around forever and the opinion on how it became the buzzword we live by today is interesting.
Hardware is software he states and the complicated process is the software and he’s the “product guy” at Oracle. Oracle is not a consumer business but they sell to consumer oriented companies, like Apple. He’s been around for a long time and knows the players and their technologies. It’s humorous to hear him talk about SAP and how they admitted to stealing patented technology. “You want me to give HP advice”…classic and you have to hear the history he gives here. You can read about his NIH award from last year.
Larry Ellison Announced As Distinguished Medical Informatics Awardee for His Contributions to Health IT and the Ellison Foundation From the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NIH)
He’s also part of the “Giving Pledge” along with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and others.
He’s fascinated with technology and it shows how he tests limits. If you read the news in the last couple days, he has is own island now in Hawaii too. He has no limits:) When asked about his image that is projected in the media, he’s extremely funny and candid. He’s definitely one of a kind and has the left brain in gear and then some as he knows code as well as marketing and his company. It took 6 to 7 years to re-write all the Oracle applications for the cloud, so keep this in check when you think about how we function today and the amount of coding and development it takes to move to the cloud with applications. I said a while back when the President had his meetings with the brilliant men of code, he was there to learn, “aka men who write code”.
President Obama Meeting with Tech Industry Leaders–CEOs and Some of the Smartest CEOs (Algo Men) Who Write Code
He discusses “Workday” and and how Salesforce and many others use “Oracle” and how “Workday” doesn’t use one. He knows his engineering and infrastructure. In the question and answer session he is asked about what he is doing for healthcare and he talks about the Ellison Medical Foundation (and jokes about how long it took him to come up with that name) and how they are focused on “diseases related to aging” “for obvious reasons he states”..funny. The do both primary and applied research in this area with about a billion to support it. They are also simulating molecular computational control and building chemical simulators so they can design and test drugs.
Oracle is bringing back manufacturing to the US as well and he also brings up the shortage of engineers in America. He said we need engineers who are trained in the US to stay in the US and not leave. He says it is madness that someone gets their PHD from Stanford and then get a note to “get out”. We don’t have enough “trained engineers” in the US and finishes up the interview by saying “it’s insane” what we do. I agree. Great interview and nice insight into what makes “Larry” tick..he’s one of most valuable “hybrid” personalities and individuals walking the earth today and he has logic, marketing, engineering and humor all wrapped into one.
I can hardly wait to see and hear what he does with his new island too:) BD
Perhaps more than any other tech figure in Silicon Valley, Larry Ellison — now also trying to become the proud owner of Hawaii’s Lanai — is, for lack of a better word, the man.
It’s a bit about endurance (he’s been at it since 1978, when he founded Oracle), a bit about success (the database giant still remains a very powerful force in the industry), a bit about spoiling for a fight (Hewlett-Packard, SAP, any small cloud company that irks him) and a lot about style (America’s Cup sailing, his gazillionaire Ironman persona and, for goodness sake, he is planning on buying an entire Hawaiian island, presumably for a lair). Ellison has the kind of long-term and powerful perspective that is rare in the app-happy Web 2.0 era of small ideas and too-big valuations.