Larry Ellison Tells It Like It Is: The Full D10 Interview (Video)
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.
In other words, he’s the real deal.
So please pull up a chair and enjoy what turned out to be one of the highlight interviews of the 10th D: All Things Digital conference, which is essentially Ellison very, very unplugged: