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VMware: New Silicon Valley Giant is born

No, not me musing this time. I was up late working the strategy game till 4 a.m this morning, so I'll just link you to San Jose Mercury news this time. (You have got a bit of an idea where VMware has to go in the coming 18 months from now in my last post anyways):

VMware, a company recently known only to hard-core technologists, debuted as the darling of Wall Street on Tuesday, with an opening-day surge that exceeded even Google's historic 2004 launch.

Stock of the Palo Alto maker of "virtualization" software soared 76 percent, eclipsing Google's 18 percent first-day gain. VMware's value at closing was $19.1 billion - ranking it as Silicon Valley's third-largest home-grown software company after Oracle and Adobe Systems. It was the largest initial public offering since Google achieved a $27 billion valuation.

The measurability is now pretty much public with the the stock prices but lets hope they can stay upwind for a while.

In Palo Alto, Jocelyn Goldfein, a senior director of research and development, offered a historical perspective. As a student at Stanford, she had studied under Rosenblum before VMware was launched. She also had an internship at Netscape during its epic IPO in 1995, considered the launch of the Internet age, and later experienced the boom and bust of a dot-com start-up.

"There is a little tinge of pragmatism to my euphoria," Goldfein said. "You can't take anything for granted. It feels magical, but it still has to be earned." Goldfein expressed confidence that success won't spoil VMware's "engineering-driven culture."

Wise words, sounds a lot like my wife! So the motto is : Simply keep doing things the way you always did!" Read the rest here.

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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors


we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




*osedax(bone devourer, newly discovered marine genus) feeds on a fallen(sunken) whale carcass(which is also called a whale fall). Read more here