Apparently the VMworld and other folks knew all along that this was about to happen and were too busy cashing in on the 14,000 entrants for the event. After the registrations were closed.
Expect more executives to jump ship from now and 3 months time.
Why? Because this what I read today in the morning, before Mendel's news was leaked made me feel like Diane and Mendel were treated like kindergarden kids. A VMware employee, who wished anonymity told the following humiliating tale:
This is how you treat a entrepreneur, I'm sure Sarah Palin would feel otherwise. A perfect story to screw up a well knit team. Anyways I have also understood (from some VC friends) that Diane is going to make a comeback soon. It would be great obviously for the industry as we move forward towards the ideation-age and I'm sure Mendel will cook up some really cool stuff.
On July 7, she found out just how cold it had become. After Greene made a special presentation to VMware's board, Tucci, who heads VMware's parent company, EMC, pulled her aside, according to people familiar with the events, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal company decisions.
Inviting Mendel Rosenblum, Greene's husband and the co-founder of VMware, into the room, Tucci told Greene she was fired, effective immediately. And he said the board wanted Rosenblum, VMware's chief scientist, to take her seat on the board. Rosenblum declined the offer.