Tod Nielsen certainly has the gift of the gab. VMWare's chief operating officer, who was once videotaped by a reporter in the hope that he would turn out someday to be "famous" (and a royalty generator), waxed lyrical at the Reuters Global Technology Summit about everything from British CIOs and magic crystals to PCs .
Here's a sampling of his colorfully phrased -- though occasionally puzzling -- views.
On VMWare's Q1 performance:
"We should walk down Wall Street and get the tickertape parade."
On how the company has to keep up relationships with every hardware vendor out there:
"Part of my job is to be Switzerland and be great friends with everybody."
On how VMWare triggers spending on storage, networking, servers and so on when they win contracts:
"For every dollar of license revenue we sell, we drag 11 dollars of ecosystem revenue with us. We're sort of these magic crystals that everyone is trying to glom onto."