Sporting a new beard, MicroStrategy Inc.’s chief executive and chairman, Michael Saylor, was the guest of honor last night at a party to celebrate his new book, “The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything.”
“I just wanted a change,” Saylor said as he mingled with America Online Inc. founder Jim Kimsey and Stephen X. Graham, president of CrossHill Financial Group Inc., at the Georgetown home of Pine Creek Partners LLC managing partner Rick Rickertsen.
Saylor joked that giving a friend your book is less of a gift, and more of a potential “liability, because the next time you see them you have to ask what they thought of it.”
For 12 years, Rickertsen has served on the board of MicroStrategy, a Virginia-based maker of analytical software that employs 3,000 people around the world and generates $600 million in annual revenues.
Rickertsen said he was happy to host the party for Saylor, because “he’s one of the most generous people in Washington.”
The bachelor Saylor, 47, is known for his rowdy yacht parties and sizable donations to local organizations such as the Washington Humane Society.
Guest Rebecca Cooper, a reporter for ABC Channel 7, referred to Saylor as “the biggest playboy wonk on the planet.”
Saylor said his “intellectual passion” is the history of science, and in his book he explains how he sees the progression of technology.
In coming years, physical objects like money, keys and books will “dematerialize” and be replaced by software, he said. Business leaders must make a transition from a “hardware” mentality to a “software” inevitability.
After hearing Saylor’s techy book summary, guests floated around Rickertsen’s hydrangea-filled garden, where cocktails and chicken quesadillas were served.
Rickertsen encouraged the overheated to jump in his pool.
Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer and James Blanchard, co-chairman of the government affairs practice group at DLA Piper US LLP, hosted a Western-style pancake breakfast yesterday.
The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo, exhibition and parade that this year runs July 6-15.
Enbridge Inc., the Calgary-based oil and gas company, sponsored the event, with its president, Al Monaco, in attendance, as was Representative Bill Huizenga, a Michigan Republican.
The courtyard of the Canadian Embassy looked like the set of “Oklahoma,” with bales of hay, picnic tables and guests in Western shirts. White cowboy hats and bolo ties were provided at the check-in table.
Country music, including tunes from Canadian Shania Twain, blared while more than 300 guests served themselves pancakes and syrup, scrambled eggs and home fries. Some cowboys paused to see if news from the Supreme Court’s health-care decision had reached their inboxes.
Capitol Hill staffer Joy Henrichs from the office of Representative John Shimkus, an Illinois Republican, posed for a photo with Harry the Horse, a human in equine costume and the official mascot of the Calgary Stampede.
Real horses stood watch in the distance. Their stewards were from the U.S. Park Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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