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First Greene, now Rosenblum - end of a VMware era

Today, Mendel Rosenblum, the co-founder of VMware resigned his position as Chief Scientist and has left the company.

The departure of Rosenblum was no surprise.  After the board fired his wife and co-founder Diane Greene from her position as CEO, what else was there to do but resign for husband Rosenblum?  I mean, he was certainly put into an awkward position, was he not?

In a strange twist, the New York Times also reported:

After Ms. Greene made a special presentation to VMware’s board, Mr. Tucci, who heads VMware’s parent company, EMC, pulled her aside, according to people familiar with the events, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal company decisions.

Inviting Mendel Rosenblum, Ms. Greene’s husband and the co-founder of VMware, into the room, Mr. Tucci told Ms. Greene she was fired, effective immediately. And he said the board wanted Mr. Rosenblum, VMware’s chief scientist, to take her seat on the board. Mr. Rosenblum declined the offer.

Again, what was Rosenblum supposed to do here other than decline the offer?

I had the chance to meet Dr. Rosenblum a few times at VMworld.  The man is a pleasure to speak with, and he is smart as a whip!  And safe to say, the man will be missed at the company for any number of reasons.  Much of what VMware is and does is thanks to this man.  And I can only imagine what he and his wife would have done differently to continue the company on its innovative and fast growing track. 

He now goes back to Stanford full time, though I hope and suspect that this wasn't his last rodeo.

VMware's stock was down today, closing at $32.47. 

Published Tuesday, September 09, 2008 10:14 PM by David Marshall
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VMblog.com - Virtualization Technology News and Information for Everyone - (Author's Link) - September 10, 2008 7:18 AM

Evidently, VMware held a special shareholder meeting yesterday to go over and approve a one-time stock option grant. According to Seeking Alpha, the meeting only lasted about 20 minutes. VMware was only holding a special meeting to vote on whether to

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