When it comes to building a house for a billionaire, money isn't a constraint but the stakes can be very high. Here, architects, including those responsible for creating homes for the likes of Bill Gates and David Geffen, talk about the challenges of bringing unrestrained visions to life.
Larry Ellison is stepping down as chairman of the board for Oracle. He'll remain on as CEO, a role he's held since co-founding the company almost 30 years ago. While CFO Jeff Henley is stepping up as chairman, Ellison will still carry a lot of clout: He's the company's largest shareholder, claiming 26% of the company.
What's the right way to launch a technology product in an era when technology has lost much of its luster? First, make the technology hard to see and easy to use. Second, do everything yourself -- from designing chips to running focus groups. Third, don't just sell products: Champion a platform. These are some of the principles behind the rise of LeapFrog Enterprises, whose stellar performance represents a strategic leap for the tech business.