Ed Oates

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Ed Oates
Born1946 (age 73–74)
Known forCo-founder of Oracle Corporation

Edward A. "Ed" Oates (born 1946) is an American businessman. He co-founded Software Development Labs in August 1977 with Larry Ellison, and Bob Miner. Software Development Labs later became Oracle Corporation.[1]

Education and early employment[edit]

Ed Oates graduated with a BA in mathematics from San Jose State University in 1968,[2] and worked at Singer, the US Army Personnel Information Systems Command (PERSINSCOM) (drafted), Ampex, and Memorex before co-founding Oracle.[3]

Audible Difference[edit]

After retiring from Oracle in 1996 Oates purchased a high-end home theater store, Audible Difference. Oates' clients included his ex-partner Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs. In 1999 he sold Audible Difference.[4]

Other affiliations[edit]

Oates volunteers time on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Zoological Society and the Tower Foundation Board of San Jose State University.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In his spare time Ed skis, builds H0 scale model railroads and does video work for the Woodside Priory School Theater. He also plays in the band Choc'd.[6]

Mr. Oates is a guitarist in the band CHOC'D, he has also participated at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.[7]


  1. ^ "Oracle Timeline" (PDF). Profit Magazine. Oracle. 12 (2): 26–29. May 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  2. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". San Jose State University. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  3. ^ "Edward Oates". Oracle FAQ's. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  4. ^ Bort, Julie (18 September 2014). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Look What Happened To The Co-founders Of Oracle". Business Insider. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Conversations with Early Innovators". Oracle. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  6. ^ "Rock this way! You, too, can be a music star at fantasy camp". USA Today. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  7. ^ "Embracing Your Inner Rock Star". Forward Thinking. Profit Magazine. Oracle. 14 (4). November 2009. Retrieved 2013-05-16.

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