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I went to a garden party....and Carly Florina was there. So was Scott McNealy, Larry Sonsini, Ray Ozzie. and a digital Bill Gates, seeking valley love

. . . is BFG seeking love in all the wrong places?

By Tom Foremski for SiliconValleyWatcher


I went to a garden party in the backyard of Heidi Roizen's house in Woodside. The event was the annual SDForum Visionary Awards.

This is a great event, because much of the Silicon Valley aristocracy turns out for it. It is small and comfortable; and people let their hair down and tell funny stories about each other.

The winners this year were:

  • Carol Bartz, CEO of Autodesk, introduced by Scott McNealy, still CEO of Sun
  • Bill Draper, of the Draper VC family dynasty (Tim is J.R, BTW), introduced by VC Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad
  • Carly Fiorina introduced by Larry Sonsini, master of the universe
  • Ray Ozzie, formerly of Groove and now operating under the pay of Microsoft, introduced by a Max Headroom-like Bill Gates and then handed over to Esther Dyson

It was a great evening and here is the rest of it. . .

Garden party part two: McNealy's tips for creating room at the top

Garden party part three: Bill Draper, the godfather of Silicon Valley's oldest VC dynasty

Garden party part 4: Larry Sonsini leads valley lovefest for Carly Fiorina . . .

Garden party part 5: SVW uncovers backyard plot by Microsoft loyalists