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Larry Ellison: America's Cup Like Running Oracle

Calling estimates that he spent $400 million in his bid to win the America's Cup "a little high," Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said that winning the racing competition was like running his high-profile enterprise software company: "Everybody sees the sailing teams, but there's an awful lot behind them."

Calling estimates that he spent $400 million in his bid to win the America's Cup "a little high," Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said that winning the racing competition was like running his high-profile enterprise software company: "Everybody sees the sailing teams, but there's an awful lot behind them."In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ellison offered this take on the similarities between two of his highly successful obsessions:

"You have to have a large number of engineers-dozens. Then you need a factory to build the boats. Everyone sees the sailing teams, but there's an awful lot behind them."

The Journal's interview offers some nice insights and color on Ellison's adventure and triumph, and to anyone who knows or has followed Ellison, this comment should come as no surprise with regard to this most competitive of individuals:

"Absolutely, it was worth it. . . . Absolutely, I'd do it again."

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