Marc Andreessen to Larry Ellison: You’re my idol. And Oracle’s day are numbered
â€śThe clock is really ticking,â€ť he said about oldline software companies, singling out Oracle as â€śthe most vivid case.â€ť
Andreessenâ€™s venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, invests in upstart software companies such as cloud-storage service Box, which hosted the conference that Andreessen spoke at on Wednesday.
He also got in a dig at Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison. â€śLarry is one of my idols,â€ť Andreessen said. â€śI wouldnâ€™t quite say my role model,â€ť he quickly followed up as the audience laughed.
HP and Oracle have feuded in court over Oracle’s hiring of ousted HP chief executive Mark Hurd. And the two companies are currently in litigation over Oracle’s announcement that its software would no longer support the Itanium chips co-developed by HP and Intel.
HPâ€™s board chairman is Kleiner Perkins managing partner Ray Lane, whom Ellison pushed out of his position as Oracle president and chief operating officer in 2000.
Of course, HP could also be considered one of those “oldline” companies– but it has made some stabs at becoming more cutting edge, including picking up software-as-service technology Opsware, formerly known as Loudcloud. Thank Andreessen for that– he co-founded Loudcloud, which eventually sold for $1.6 billion in 2007.