I’m in San Diego this week for Oracle Appsworld and today was the day (well yesterday now I guess) Larry Ellison did his keynote. This was the first time I have had an opportunity to see him speak and I came away impressed. He comes across as smart, passionate and having a good sense of humor. With leadership like that I can understand why Oracle is such a success story. See it for yourself if you want.
I’ve had the opportunity to see some other CRM CEOs speak; I think Ellison impressed me the most.
Craig Conway of Peoplesoft is a polished speaker who seems real and trustworthy. Tom Siebel of Siebel comes across as a neurotic, drunken buffoon. OK, maybe he wasn’t drunk. Bill Gates of Microsoft lays out a good vision but his speech seemed scripted and I couldn’t get past thinking of him as nothing but a geek.
Frankly I’m surprised to be saying it, but I’ll take Ellison over that group.