In 2010 Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corporation, with his team of experts, won the America’s Cup in the BMW Oracle – the sail “wing” twenty-three stories tall. They beat the man who won the America’s Cup twice before. Larry Ellison spent his life racing cars and boats. His mother gave him up to an aunt and uncle who raised him as their own. The father told Larry early on that he’d never amount to much.
Sometimes I wonder if it is that kind of negative parental influence that drove him to keep striving to win. Or was it simply as he said, his intense love for the water sports.
The company I worked for in California, Relational Database Systems, later called by its product name, Informix, considered Oracle one of the top competitors in the field of software database systems – back in the early 1980s. Both companies were named in the top four by PC Magazine in that time frame as well. That alone should have left his dad in awe, but add to that his other accomplishments, and I’d have to say to Larry Ellison, ya done good, sir!