I was surprised that Sun could go from idea to acquisition on MySQL in just five weeks. What turns out to be more surprising, however, is that Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's CEO, had been talking with Marten Mickos of MySQL for over five years on precisely that topic, as Jonathan reveals on his blog. The real question, then, is why did it take so long?
Jonathan doesn't say, but the answer is clear: Marten wanted to build an IPO-able, independent MySQL. He eventually sold because it made sense (and, I suspect, because the prospect of living in the glare of Wall Street's impatient eye was not looking as appealing as it once had, but that's just Matt Asay personal conjecture).
Jonathan's post is a fascinating read. Here's just one of the sections I found revealing, coming on the heels of his suggestion that there are no "cost synergies" in the deal (Sun isn't going to save money by marrying salesforces, for example):
Where are the revenue synergies?… Read more