Ray is a technology executive and venture capitalist best known for leading the turnaround of Oracle Corporation in the 1990’s. As Oracle’s President and COO, Ray re-established the company’s leadership in the database market and grew Oracle’s market cap by 65x to over $200 billion. After leaving Oracle, Ray became a Managing Partner with Kleiner Perkins for 14 years before becoming Partner Emeritus with the firm. Earlier in his career, Ray was a senior partner of Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting company, and a division vice president with Electronic Data Systems Corporation. Ray currently serves on the boards of Carnegie Mellon University, Special Olympics International, and HPE. He was Executive Chairman of HP from 2011 to 2013 and Chairman of Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2015.
Uptake, BeyondMeat, Kinetica, Plethora, STRIVR, Quantiply, RapidDeploy, Splice Machine, BeyondCore (acq. Salesforce)
Who were your mentors?
Herb Jones, an IBM Executive who gave me a start in the computer industry, and Ross Perot, founder and CEO of EDS, who took the boy out of the man.
What do you believe that few others believe?
Humble people win long races — basically, nice guys finish first, not last in the long run
What advice would you give your younger self?
Doing things right is more important than doing things fast
What’s the best decision you ever made?
Asking my wife Stephanie to marry me
What other organizations are you involved with?
American Cancer Society
Lane Computational Biology Center (Carnegie Mellon)
Lane Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (West Virginia University)
Lane Innovation Hub – a maker space in the Statler Engineering College (West Virginia University)