Archive for July, 2010

Ross Perot and Scott McNealy

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

    Before they flew east, Alvy and Ed were apprehensive. They had heard strange things about Ross Perot from a credible source, Scott McNealy, the chief executive of Sun Microsystems, a rising young star in Silicon Valley. Scott talked about how he and Ross were supposed to meet at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to shake hands on a deal. The terms had already been negotiated by their people, but the two leaders had never met in person.
    At O’Hare, Ross Perot sized up the younger man and asked: “Are you married?”
    “Where do you live?”
    That was all Ross Perot wanted to know.
    He stormed away. The deal was off.

The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

I heard this story awhile ago, but this is the only reference I can find to it in print.