Our business was built on trust.
The best piece of advice I've ever been given was, 'Be in the business you're in.' Don't just be a satellite around it and expect it to come to you. Be in the business you're in.
As an undergrad, I studied engineering physics at the University of Oklahoma, and all my degrees are from engineering departments. My father wanted me to join him in the oil-field business in Oklahoma, but I wanted to be a scientist.
I have a business background. I have always wanted to open my own business.
The business is a very tricky obstacle course, and you should be very clear about work begetting work. If you're not working, you're not interesting.
A business like acting is 90% luck. You can be a star one minute and out of work the next.
It's much more difficult running a business than buying one.
My father told me, never have partners.
I didn't have the drive; I never wanted to be in show business. I went into my father's business because of osmosis.
Your initial instincts about investments and people are usually correct. We do a lot of due diligence in this business and most of the time it comes out where we started.
I believe Business Objects is on the cusp of becoming a multi-billion-dollar sales company. There is tremendous growth potential for business intelligence.
Germany, Austria, Switzerland - they have vocational training that's aligned to the needs of business and don't have youth unemployment problems.