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Aaron Ricadela

Aaron covers enterprise computing from Bloomberg's San Francisco bureau. Previously, he was a writer and editor for Businessweek.com and an editor-at-large at InformationWeek. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and Germany’s Focus and Die Süddeutsche Zeitung.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, right, employs an acquisition policy that involves not meddling with startup culture.

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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, right, employs an acquisition policy that involves not meddling with startup culture.

Beer Friday Is Key to VMware’s Acquisition Strategy

VMware Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger is not interested in taking away startups’ Friday beer parties. Preserving small companies’ cultures is a key to successful acquisitions, the former EMC executive said today on a panel at the Economist magazine’s Ideas...

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As Dell takes itself private, Hewlett-Packard is vying for its rival's PC customers.

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As Dell takes itself private, Hewlett-Packard is vying for its rival's PC customers.

Payback Time? HP Tries to Nab Dell’s PC Customers

(Updates with comment from Lenovo.) Say this for Hewlett-Packard — the beaten-down computer maker still has chutzpah. A little more than an hour after rival Dell said it would go private in a $24.4 billion leveraged buyout, Hewlett-Packard made a...

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Leo Apotheker, the former HP CEO who oversaw the Autonomy acquisition, says due diligence was thorough.

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Leo Apotheker, the former HP CEO who oversaw the Autonomy acquisition, says due diligence was thorough.

Former HP CEO Apotheker Says Autonomy Diligence Was Meticulous

Leo Apotheker, who was chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard when it agreed to buy Autonomy, said due diligence around the deal was “meticulous and thorough” and that he was “stunned” by allegations that the company misrepresented its results. “The due diligence...

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SugarCRM Chief Executive Officer Larry Augustin took another open-source company, VA Linux, public in 1999.

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SugarCRM Chief Executive Officer Larry Augustin took another open-source company, VA Linux, public in 1999.

Salesforce.com Competitor SugarCRM May Shoot for IPO in 2013

SugarCRM, which provides customer management software that competes with Salesforce.com and Oracle, may try to ride the wave of enterprise computing IPOs and go public as soon as next year, Chief Executive Officer Larry Augustin said. “Our goal is to...

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Intuit CEO Brad Smith speaks during a Bloomberg West TV interview in San Francisco last year.

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Intuit CEO Brad Smith speaks during a Bloomberg West TV interview in San Francisco last year.

Intuit Putting a New Stamp on Mint

(This blog post was updated to include more details about Intuit’s online banking software.) Intuit Chief Executive Officer Brad Smith likes to talk about his company’s need to keep pace with industry shifts, especially when it comes to acquisitions. That’s...

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