Bill Gates As Moby Dick

from the white-whales dept

A column about very smart, very successful technology executives who have done very stupid things in their obsessive attempts to beat Bill Gates. The article focuses on Ray Noorda, Larry Ellison, and Scott McNealy. All three, have (or had) a weird obsession with challenging Microsoft, and all three have had (and may have again) failures in those attempts. I wonder how much of it is just testosterone? If you want to prove how smart you are, why not take on Bill Gates? No one takes as much notice when you beat down on smaller tech companies. Sure, Oracle has done okay, but no one says Ellison is a management genius for taking on Sybase and Informix.

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