This is his element, a multibillion-dollar, real-time computing company that, among other things, is credited with digitizing
But that was yesterday's plan. Ranadive obsesses about today and tomorrow, about reinventing his industry and, yes, perhaps, even the wheel.
"Five years from now," the Kings' principal owner said, "more than half my revenue will come from products that these guys haven't yet invented. That's the blistering pace of innovation."
Spend a few hours on his turf, and it quickly becomes apparent that his romance with the Warriors was never going to last. He is never satisfied being a minority owner of anything. He wants to run the show, wants to make the decisions, has to be the man in charge.
As executives bustle in and out of a conference room where they have been summoned and introduced by the boss, Ranadive sits at a table, observing, hearing. His deepset dark eyes are penetrating, probing, curious. When he deviates from the script -- and he is already famous for his familiar platitudes -- the conversation flows, featuring insights and humorous asides and anecdotes, often with himself as the target.
Ranadive has been unfailingly good-natured about his recent bicycle accident, for instance. Without prompting, he whips out his cellphone and shows images of his workout on a stair-stepper later the same day.
"I said, 'Screw it,' " said Ranadive, his left arm in a sling. "I hadn't finished my workout. My son Andre was with me, and he became the adult. He said, 'Dad, what are you doing? You're bleeding!' The shoulder still keeps popping out, but I just pop it back in."
He smiles, proudly. Slight and wiry, with features tanned from long walks near his home, he fancies himself as something of a jock. Besides owning a black belt in taekwondo, he was an accomplished soccer and cricket player in his native
But he clearly wants the ball. After joining
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