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Pixar, Oracle and the Steve Jobs connection at D10

Join CNET for live, ongoing coverage of Pixar's Dr. Ed Catmull and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison speaking at the D10 conference.

  • Rafe 5/31/2012 12:56:46 AM
    Ellison: He called me up when Apple passed Oracle in market cap...

    He noticed and he was proud of it. It was just kind of a measure that he was doing the right thing. Therefore what he was building was in fact beautiful.
  • Daniel Terdiman 5/31/2012 12:56:56 AM
    And a recognition that beyond Apple, so many products out there were clearly built by engineers with bean-counters looking over their shoulders.
  • Paul Sloan 5/31/2012 12:56:59 AM
    Fan boy Terdiman!
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 12:57:05 AM
    Walt: What did you think of Steve making stores?
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 12:57:26 AM
    Catmull: It was more successful than I thought it would be.
  • Daniel Terdiman 5/31/2012 12:57:27 AM
    I have been known to use an Apple product or two
  • Ari Gold 5/31/2012 12:57:28 AM
    @Daniel Good point!
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 12:57:38 AM
    Walt: You must have seen the stores a lot
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 12:58:01 AM
    Ellison: He dragged me to the mockups. I wanted to throw myself out of the car.
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 12:58:30 AM
    Ellison: I told Steve that bricks and mortar was dead. Steve said, "But we're using glass and steel."
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 12:59:46 AM
    Ellison: The brilliance is that Apple is really a lifestyle brand. If done the right way, it will be iconic. Only Steve would set that as a goal.

    I didn't say it was nuts. I did say it was very risky. But utterly brilliant. I never expected there would be as many stores as there are now.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/31/2012 1:01:12 AM
    The idea for the mock-up of the retail stores came from current Apple board member and J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler. Per an interview with CNBC last week, Drexler said you have to do it to get a look and feel of a space. "It's the best investment you'll ever make," he said.
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 1:02:16 AM
    Ellison: I was with Michael Dell when the PC was becoming popular. I said there's gotta be 50 PC companies in the US. Dell said, Larry, there's 500. Steve was not a copier. The stores were just another example of him noticing, that when people said bricks and mortar were dead, Steve said, Maybe not.
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 1:02:35 AM
    And that's the end of this remembrance of Steve Jobs.
  • Daniel Terdiman 5/31/2012 1:02:41 AM
    but it's more than just design. The new Microsoft store I went to was a total copy of Apple Stores. But there were just four customers, while there more than 40 at the Apple store two doors down.
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 1:03:01 AM
    Ari Emmanuel will be the 8pm guest. I will blog (not liveblog).
  • Daniel Terdiman 5/31/2012 1:03:27 AM
    @AriGold...you excited for Ari Emmanuel? :-)
  • Paul Sloan 5/31/2012 1:03:46 AM
    Thanks for joining.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/31/2012 1:03:47 AM
    Thanks for joining us for the chat everyone.
  • Rafe 5/31/2012 1:04:00 AM
    Thanks all!
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