Larry Ellison snubs Microsoft and conference goers to attend boat race

One of the highlights of the Oracle OpenWorld conference is attending CEO Larry Ellison's keynote presentations. The opening keynote on Sunday was both entertaining and educational, so attendees were expecting more of the same during the Tuesday afternoon keynote discussing Microsoft and Oracle's partnership.

For those of you keeping track at home, Team USA (sponsored by Oracle) has been making an amazing comeback in the America's Cup racing tournament. Team USA was down early, but with New Zealand one win away from winning the Cup, the Americans have been winning race after race. It just so happened that the race to tie up the series at eight wins apiece was scheduled for the same time as Ellison's keynote. Choosing between giving the keynote presentation at his own conference and watching the America's Cup race, Ellison chose to snub his paying customers to watch Team USA.

Upon hearing the news, mumbles of discontent circulated through the auditorium, followed by a large number of people getting up and leaving the auditorium. The general mood of the conference took a turn as most people made comments about Ellison being "arrogant," but others understood why he would want to attend the race. Ellison also skipped Oracle's earnings call last week to attend a race.

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Doubt you make anywhere even close to him though So he has one extra point not to care Plus people actually paid up front to go there so..money's already in the pocket, now I can easily watch my boat race.

nah, the presentation keynote can be explained anytime by anyone from Oracle who knew the details about it,
but watching the ongoing boat race are need to be prioritized first.

the oracle team is making some pretty dramatic comeback in their races with their competitor the new zealand team. that's probably why ellison was there. to provide encouragement and support.

those twittering / conferencing nincompoops and the toilet bowl drivers here on neowin should probably go out more. get some sunshine. like larry.

Spicoli said,
People should take that as a good example. Your passions come before your job.

Interesting perspective, but should your passions come before your responsibilities?

The responsibility is covered by delegation. I've known too many people that made the job their #1 priority and end up sick, unhappy, and subject the people around them to the same. What's the point of making money if you never enjoy it?

Spicoli said,
The responsibility is covered by delegation. I've known too many people that made the job their #1 priority and end up sick, unhappy, and subject the people around them to the same. What's the point of making money if you never enjoy it?

That's fair. My only complaint is that Ellison is the one who scheduled OpenWorld to be at the same time as the America's Cup.

Sir Ben Ainslie really is a master at boat racing tactics. Team USA know they have a boat less suited for tacking but have somehow been able to negate the NZ advantage.
I just find it amazing the speed these boats go...

Fair play to the guy though, if that`s his major passion.

This is a good story for anyone that didn't know Ellison from the 1990s. He has been technology's Darth Vader for a long time.

(His reputation is why it was chortle worthy on several levels when he called Google evil. It was a lot like Vader proclaiming the Emperor was evil.)

Just a boat race?!!!! It's the America's Cup! And his yacht in is in the finals!!

Skipping that would be like the owner of the Baltimore Ravens skipping out on the Super Bowl!

uberlaff said,
Just a boat race?!!!! It's the America's Cup! And his yacht in is in the finals!!

Skipping that would be like the owner of the Baltimore Ravens skipping out on the Super Bowl!


More like missing the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl -- the 4th quarter is today.

That said, Ellison is the one who scheduled OpenWorld to be at the same time as the America's Cup...

We all know this guy hates Microsoft, even though he owns a handsome amount of stock in the company. I bet he doesn't hate the money he is making off them.

He should have been on the boat and the boat should have been swallowed by a Megladon.

I like him. He is a a$$hole and cocky MF most of the time but, he speaks his mind. I appreciate somebody who doesn't soft coat things and beat round the bush. So, he goes to his race he put a lot of effort in the team, it is his passion. To those that say he can watch it remotely. Phooey on you Seriously, I don't care about these boat races. I suppose in my case I could watch the 7th game of the baseball World Series on TV (e.g. remotely) but, if I had the option I would jump at the chance to watch in person (and I don't even own a team yet!).

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