Oracle Cloud Backstory: Is Ellison An Asset Or A Liability?

I attended the Cloud event at their headquarters in Redwood City this week and I found it rather fascinating. This was the first time I’d seen Larry present in person but I had watched streamed events in the past. Watching him brought to mind three things: One; that the power a company founder wields with a firm of Oracle’s scale is incredible. Two; that top executives can retire in place and become impediments rather than assets. And three; that finding people that have the balls to tell someone like Larry he needs to bring it up a notch are in short supply (likely because they tend to get shot).

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