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There was a surprising speaker scheduled for Oracle’s Openworld conference on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.The two do have some shared history and interests. Benioff got his start at Oracle, and Larry Ellison owns a small chunk of Salesforce
But Benioff has been criticising Oracle as representing the “false cloud” — it was a cornerstone of Benioff’s keynote speech at his own Dreamforce conference last month.
Now, Oracle has removed him from the roster, saying that the show was too crowded. Riiiight.
As Benioff explained to the New York Times, he paid $1 million for the privilege to speak, and Oracle will return his money. He thinks that they booted him because they were afraid he’d give a more entertaining speech than Ellison, telling the Times: “You don’t have somebody over to your house to tell better jokes than you.”
Benioff will speak at the same time anyway — at the Ame restaurant in the St. Regis hotel down the street. But he declined to appear in Oracle’s chosen new slot for him early on Thursday morning, which is the dead end of the show, with floor seminars and no other keynotes.