Arik Hesseldahl

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Autonomy’s Mike Lynch Talks About Being HP’s Speedy Tiger Cub (Video)

Mike Lynch, CEO of British software firm Autonomy, appeared on Bloomberg TV yesterday to talk about his working life as a Hewlett-Packard executive. His appearance came on the heels of remarks at a Bloomberg event in London in which he compared HP to a “mother tiger” not rolling over its cub, and praised HP for leaving Autonomy to its unique, “speedy” culture.

Autonomy, of course, became part of HP in late October, following an $11.7 billion deal that was announced in mid-August and was consummated after the company was shopped — or not, depending on whom you ask — to software giant Oracle. No one is sure of the details, except that Frank Quattrone was involved.

In the video below, Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua asks Lynch what it’s like working with CEO Meg Whitman, and why the U.K. isn’t seen as an important hub for tech companies, a notion he takes issue with given the existence of, among other things, his own company.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik