Zimbra Executive Heads To Hot Storage Startup

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  1. I was the ceo/co-founder of Zimbra and I can say that Dietzen was as good as a co-founder in the company. So while technically inaccurate, Ross, Roland and I always considered him as our co-founder.

  2. another factual error: Scott did not help build the WebLogic app server. He was VP of Marketing at WebLogic, Inc., and was hired after the product was already built.

    1. I am guessing that you have history with Weblogic etc. So clearly you know more than outsiders like me. On a larger scale, are you should I take it from your comments that you view the contributions of marketing or business development different from your definition of building a product/company?

      1. Perhaps the confusion stems from the fact that there is the product known as the Weblogic App Server, which was built by engineering not marketing, and then there is the company Weblogic Inc that had 100+ employees and which, as I’m sure Scott himself would be the first one to tell you, was a group effort by many people in many departments, including marketing.

        I wonder if you would write, for example, “Eric Schmidt built the google search engine.” (sorry, I don’t know who the vp marketing is for google).

        This takes nothing away from Scott’s contribution to the company, which is undisputed, but as written it’s factually wrong, or at least ambiguous.

  3. I’m afraid I have to plead “no comment” on the subject of the original article. But on the underlying theme of the commentary—who gets the credit for successful startups, I remain convinced that those like me that end up in a spokesperson role tend to get more credit than they deserve. What I most love about the tech industry, is what a small but passionate and deeply talented team can accomplish, and I have had the great fortune to work with truly gifted teams. When I walked in the door at Zimbra, WebLogic, and Transarc before that, I likely lowered the average IQ of each. When teams are collaborating well, it is hard to discern where one’s ideas leaves off and another’s picks up. As Reagan said, “There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” In my own case anyway, I freely admit I have been riding on the coattails of gifted teams, and simply doing what I can to help ensure team success.

    1. Scott

      Thanks for stopping by. If there is someone to be blamed it is me, for my poor choice of words and hence I have corrected it accordingly. Apart from that, I would say that it is refreshing to find someone so grounded as you are. Good luck with everything.

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