This weekend's Barron's comes with LarryE face plastered on the cover with this title " The smartest man in Silicon Valley". LarryE reminds me of Zoolander. It's the face, the expression, the same old mock turtleneck. This man has only one facial expression and it is called "blue steel".
The other thing zoolanderish about him is some of the things he says. When I met him, surely one of the highlights of my short career, he dropped "you know, second place is the first loser". I was young, impressionable and I wanted to be impressed. I thought: "wow, a deep thought from Larry". I was ready to cherish it for the rest of my life, like others keep a relic from a pop-star, until someone pointed out the line was straight out of "Top Gun". I felt cheated.
As he watches the floating cherry blossoms and feeds the remains of his dismembered enemies to the koi in his zen garden the great man reflects:
"I'll never forget the expression: "He just doesn't get it", Well, somebody didn't get it. And it wasn't me. It just cracked me up".
Yup, you don't make up shit like that. It's vintage Larry alright. He didn't lift that from Top Gun, maybe Rambo? But let's give credit where credit is due, the article is about the success of Oracle at integrating companies and growing the top line and the profitability at the same time. Blah, blah, blah read the article.
And finally, I have news for you Larry: you are not the smartest man in SV... I AM!