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Ellison: 'Sun losing $100 million a month'

By David Needle (Send Email)
Posted Sep 22, 2009


Larry Ellison was on fire Monday night. Steve Jobs is the unquestioned master of the pre-rehearsed, carefully choreographed event speech complete with new technology props, but for off-the-cuff, tell ‘em like I see ‘em, entertaining bluster, Oracle’s CEO gets my vote.

Last night's speech from Larry Ellison shed some light on his plans for Sun.

Ellison spoke before a packed hall at the Fairmont Hotel here Monday night "in conversation" with Silicon Valley veteran Ed Zander at a Churchill Club event. Zander, now an investor and advisor to various tech companies, has worn many high level hats over his career including president of Sun Microsystems and CEO of Motorola.

And since Oracle and Sun had a fairly chummy relationship during Zander’s tenure, I expected mostly softball Q&A banter.

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