A year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up.
Ellison had chosen to indulge in his other passion, boat racing, and was attending the America’s Cup finals instead. Oracle had sponsored a team in the competition and Ellison was instrumental in bringing the event to San Francisco.
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Some attendees were not pleased and said they felt “disappointed” at his decision.
This year, Ellison began his keynote speech with an apology. (See video)
“A year ago, I was a no-show at this conference on Tuesday,” he said, getting some laughs from the crowd. “I’d like to take a moment to apologize to everybody, but we were desperately trying to come back from an 8-to-1 deficit in the America’s Cup.”
Despite Team New Zealand being just one victory from winning, Oracle Racing took the last eight races and snatched the title.