Michael Saylor spent part of his book party yelling at us. Okay, not really yelling, but clearly exasperated at Luddite-type questions about the future of mobile technology. “You’re try to kill the future,” he charged.
We’re not (honest!) but have some doubts about Saylor’s brave new tablet world. Then again, everyone is slower than Saylor — the brilliant, restless, passionate chief executive of MicroStrategy who’s made $500 million by leapfrogging all us mere mortals into the future. Which is why he wrote his first book, “The Mobile Wave,” arguing that smart phones and tablets will change the world — and is banking that 5 billion people will use one in the next decade.
But we didn’t come to argue, especially in the elegant Georgetown home of Saylor’s pal and board member Rick Rickertsen, who hosted the party Thursday. The wine was flowing, the mood light — well, except for Saylor, who ranges from impatient to pensive to professorial. Rinse, repeat.
And yet life has never been better for Washington’s high-profile, unapologetic bachelor, who at 47 has never married and enjoys all the perks of being a multimillionaire catch. There’s his infamous parties — details somehow stay under the radar — and the yachts that make such a splash on the Potomac.
He likes parties, women and his single life. “I like to see people happy,” he told us. “If people are going to gossip behind my back or be offended by my life — if that’s the price I have to pay for my family and friends to be happy, then so be it.”
But even better, he says, would be changing the world with his work — and maybe his book.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that my personal life is not so interesting to the civilization or is it going to be constructive to anyone else’s quality of life,” he said. “So I’d rather just focus on the book.”
And then Saylor — we swear — laughed.
Read earlier: For Saylor, a boatload of festivities at home, 5/26/09
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