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Softwar : An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle - Matthew Symonds


An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle

Paperback Published: 7th September 2004
ISBN: 9780743225052
Number Of Pages: 512

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In a business where great risks, huge fortunes, and even bigger egos are common, Larry Ellison stands out as one of the most outspoken, driven, and daring leaders of the software industry. The company he cofounded and runs, Oracle, is the number one business software company. Perhaps even more than Microsoft's, Oracle's products are essential to today's networked world.

In "Softwar, " journalist Matthew Symonds gives readers exclusive and intimate insight into both Oracle and the man who made it and runs it. As well as relating the story of Oracle's often bumpy path to industry dominance, Symonds deals with the private side of Ellison's life. With unlimited insider access granted by Ellison himself, Symonds captures the intensity and, some would say, the recklessness that have made Ellison a legend.

With a new and expanded epilogue for the paperback edition that tells the story behind Oracle's epic struggle to win control of PeopleSoft, "Softwar" is the most complete portrait undertaken of the man and his empire -- a unique and gripping account of both the way the computing industry really works and an extraordinary life.

Industry Reviews

Lisa Baertlein Reuters Software titan Larry Ellison has been busy scribbling footnotes to the most detailed account yet of his outsized life....He also responds and sometimes challenges the account of author Matthew Symonds -- a twist in presentation that adds a real-time feel to the 500-page biography. BusinessWeek Symonds excels at letting readers into the 59-year-old Ellison's often turbulent personal life....[and] provides a wonderful image of an Ellison who is far from being all-business. Financial Times An unusually candid study of how a tiny start-up...grew -- sometimes painfully -- into a Silicon Valley institution. Harvard Business Review A sympathetic and revealing portrait of an idiosyncratic executive and company....Entertaining. The New York Times The access [Symonds] got is apparent....This access gives the reader a rare window on Ellison's mind.

Author's Notep. xi
Larry and Mep. 1
On the Roadp. 11
The War on Complexityp. 36
Beginningsp. 54
To the Limitp. 75
Growing Upp. 90
Best-of-Breedp. 112
Falling Outp. 136
The Laboratoryp. 161
Ready or Not ...p. 184
Taking Stockp. 205
Hungarian Lessonsp. 227
Hill by Hillp. 233
The Last Databasep. 246
Enemiesp. 263
Chained to the Jobp. 285
Alternative Stressp. 302
Sayonara Swan Songp. 322
Family Valuesp. 331
Three Strikes, You're Outp. 347
Larrylandp. 369
A Life Beyond Oraclep. 380
"A Scrap of Information"p. 400
The Golden Nuggetp. 418
A Perfect Stormp. 433
"The First Loser"p. 454
The Biggest Water Bottlep. 471
Epiloguep. 487
Indexp. 499
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ISBN: 9780743225052
ISBN-10: 0743225058
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 7th September 2004
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.39  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1