Most Embarrassing Moment

Yesterday I spent 17 hours on-the-job... A 4am alarm to catch a 6am flight out of Orlando to \*Virginia\* for a customer meeting. I pull back into the driveway just before 9pm. Whew. I'm in the bathroom getting cleaned up, the kids are asking questions (eg: "did you get me anything?", "was it snowing?"). The \*dog\* is jumping. And my cell phone rings.

My cell reception isn't the best from home. Some guy is asking me questions about \*Oracle\* performance characteristics across our various \*server\* offerings w.r.t. competitive systems. Given the cell quality and the context in which I took the call, I didn't catch his name. But these are technical questions with possibly sensitive details, so I challenge the guy: "Who do you work for?". It was a 510 area code and he said Sun Microsystems, so we continue the conversation. A few minutes later the conversations gets a little more into the details, so I challenge him again: "What did you say your name is?".

It's Andy Bechtolsheimhttp://www.sun.com/aboutsun/media/bios/bios_bechtolsheim.html

Just Employee #1 and Founder of Sun Microsystems. He probably made the "hiring" decision to bring Scott McNealy on board (employee #3).

Sun Microsystems was founded in 1982 by Andreas Bechtolsheim, an electrical engineering PhD student in the Computer Systems Laboratory (CSL), Scott McNealy and Vinod Khosla, roommates at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and Bill Joy, a PhD student in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

And I'm asking him who he works for! I wouldn't have blamed him if he then asked me who I \*used\* to work for :-) Anyway, he's a great guy to have fighting on our side. The systems and designs and ideas he brought back to Sun with him are going to shake up the industry.

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BTW, how did you know it was really Andy and not someone else??

Posted by Rayson Ho on January 14, 2005 at 07:20 PM EST #

Good thinking... I didn't say anything on the phone that would have been extremely useful to the competition or the press. And then I continued the conversation via e-mail exchanges.

Posted by guest on January 14, 2005 at 10:27 PM EST #

I won't classify it at embarrassing. Most of us at CSO would love to get a call from Andy. It doesn't matter what time!

Posted by Iwan Rahabok on January 18, 2005 at 12:45 AM EST #

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Posted by Louise Curran on December 01, 2005 at 12:06 AM EST #

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