Artwork

Content provided by Joubin Mirzadegan. All podcast content including episodes, graphics, and podcast descriptions are uploaded and provided directly by Joubin Mirzadegan or their podcast platform partner. If you believe someone is using your copyrighted work without your permission, you can follow the process outlined here https://player.fm/legal.
Player FM - Podcast App
Go offline with the Player FM app!

#184 Former CEO and Co-Founder Sun, Scott McNealy: In the Piñata

1:18:03
 
Share
 

Manage episode 409933510 series 2662695
Content provided by Joubin Mirzadegan. All podcast content including episodes, graphics, and podcast descriptions are uploaded and provided directly by Joubin Mirzadegan or their podcast platform partner. If you believe someone is using your copyrighted work without your permission, you can follow the process outlined here https://player.fm/legal.

Guest: Scott McNealy, former CEO and co-founder of Sun Microsystems & co-founder of Curriki

Scott McNealy never wanted to be CEO of Sun, and in his 22-year tenure before selling to Oracle, he knows there were times he failed to execute, or to rein in the once-iconic Silicon Valley firm’s worst impulses. But like his pro golfer son, Maverick, Scott doesn’t like to look back: “Golfers will always look back and blame the wind, a divot that wasn't repaired, a bad rake job, a mower cut that wasn't done properly, a gust of wind,” he explains. “If you blame yourself for all of the mistakes you make. You will hate yourself ... I look forward.”

In this episode, Scott and Joubin discuss Scott Cook, Maverick McNealy, why big companies are riskier than startups, Al Gore, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Kodak, Dick Kleinhans, Harvard University, “bozo invasions,” Myers-Briggs, making an example, Motorola car phones, the Moscone Center, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, NVIDIA’s valuation, farewell letters, “you have no privacy,” open-source education, and toothpaste.com.

In this episode, we cover:

  • (01:00) - John Doerr
  • (02:47) - Fathers, sons, and sports
  • (07:29) - Living in the piñata
  • (10:48) - Why Scott left Sun
  • (13:49) - The heyday of Sun Microsystems
  • (18:24) - Vinod Khosla and founding Sun
  • (21:24) - How Scott became CEO
  • (27:21) - Profitable in three months
  • (30:02) - Inferiority complex
  • (32:20) - Executive exits and fun at work
  • (35:49) - Managers and recognition
  • (38:18) - “HR hero” Crawford Beveridge
  • (40:35) - How Carol Bartz became VP of marketing
  • (43:07) - Sharing in success
  • (45:25) - Scott’s love life & meeting Susan
  • (50:54) - The dotcom boom and crash
  • (53:45) - Unicorn CEOs and IBM’s offer
  • (55:49) - Competitors and hindsight
  • (58:20) - “The planet system”
  • (01:00:13) - Too many employees
  • (01:04:06) - Larry Ellison and selling to Oracle
  • (01:07:01) - Blaming yourself and looking forward
  • (01:10:11) - Curriki
  • (01:12:12) - The AI boom
  • (01:14:42) - “Grit” and insecurity

Links:

  continue reading

196 episodes

Artwork
iconShare
 
Manage episode 409933510 series 2662695
Content provided by Joubin Mirzadegan. All podcast content including episodes, graphics, and podcast descriptions are uploaded and provided directly by Joubin Mirzadegan or their podcast platform partner. If you believe someone is using your copyrighted work without your permission, you can follow the process outlined here https://player.fm/legal.

Guest: Scott McNealy, former CEO and co-founder of Sun Microsystems & co-founder of Curriki

Scott McNealy never wanted to be CEO of Sun, and in his 22-year tenure before selling to Oracle, he knows there were times he failed to execute, or to rein in the once-iconic Silicon Valley firm’s worst impulses. But like his pro golfer son, Maverick, Scott doesn’t like to look back: “Golfers will always look back and blame the wind, a divot that wasn't repaired, a bad rake job, a mower cut that wasn't done properly, a gust of wind,” he explains. “If you blame yourself for all of the mistakes you make. You will hate yourself ... I look forward.”

In this episode, Scott and Joubin discuss Scott Cook, Maverick McNealy, why big companies are riskier than startups, Al Gore, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Kodak, Dick Kleinhans, Harvard University, “bozo invasions,” Myers-Briggs, making an example, Motorola car phones, the Moscone Center, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, NVIDIA’s valuation, farewell letters, “you have no privacy,” open-source education, and toothpaste.com.

In this episode, we cover:

  • (01:00) - John Doerr
  • (02:47) - Fathers, sons, and sports
  • (07:29) - Living in the piñata
  • (10:48) - Why Scott left Sun
  • (13:49) - The heyday of Sun Microsystems
  • (18:24) - Vinod Khosla and founding Sun
  • (21:24) - How Scott became CEO
  • (27:21) - Profitable in three months
  • (30:02) - Inferiority complex
  • (32:20) - Executive exits and fun at work
  • (35:49) - Managers and recognition
  • (38:18) - “HR hero” Crawford Beveridge
  • (40:35) - How Carol Bartz became VP of marketing
  • (43:07) - Sharing in success
  • (45:25) - Scott’s love life & meeting Susan
  • (50:54) - The dotcom boom and crash
  • (53:45) - Unicorn CEOs and IBM’s offer
  • (55:49) - Competitors and hindsight
  • (58:20) - “The planet system”
  • (01:00:13) - Too many employees
  • (01:04:06) - Larry Ellison and selling to Oracle
  • (01:07:01) - Blaming yourself and looking forward
  • (01:10:11) - Curriki
  • (01:12:12) - The AI boom
  • (01:14:42) - “Grit” and insecurity

Links:

  continue reading

196 episodes

All episodes

×
 
Loading …

Welcome to Player FM!

Player FM is scanning the web for high-quality podcasts for you to enjoy right now. It's the best podcast app and works on Android, iPhone, and the web. Signup to sync subscriptions across devices.

 

Quick Reference Guide