By "Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize-Oracle" on Apr 30, 2015
As an avid mountain hiker, I’ve learned the heartbreak of false summits.(Pictured: the true summit of Colorado's Redcloud Peak, elevation 14,035 ft). The trick is to push back the inclination to get discouraged and adjust your pace as if there is no summit. You’ll never stop hiking. Atop each summit, you're rewarded with views of other summits-some higher-waiting to be conquered.
In an article by Mark Leslie, The Arc of Company Life - and How to Prolong It, published by First Round Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage startups. Leslie is a retired entrepreneur and lecturer at the Stanford School of Business.
It’s easy to forget that Oracle, now a $30 billion industry leader, was once a startup, founded by Larry Ellison and friends in a garage. Using Oracle and Amazon as case studies, Leslie provides color commentary to the growth curves of these companies and identifies how they had to figuratively, and literally, knock down barriers to growth (he recounts how Ellison hammered a hole in the wall of an early Oracle office to connect terminals to a mainframe computer).
I’ve seen Oracle transform many times since I came to the company via the PeopleSoft acquisition. Every morning, I read something to put myself in the right frame of mind, reminding myself that we are truly a company of entrepreneurial spirit. It’s never business as usual at Oracle.
As Leslie concludes, “It is sad but true that there is no place to rest,” observes Leslie. “There is No Finish Line."
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