In many ways, Rich O’Connor and Vince Green were alike. Besides being CEOs of the area’s top technical consulting firms, they were essentially likable and decent men. Both were tireless workers, fierce competitors, and committed husbands and fathers.
They also happened to receive their training at U.C. Berkeley’s business school at the same time. Vince had worked with a top management consulting firm before B-school. During his two years at Berkeley, he followed the stock market religiously, maintained contact with business associates, and read as many analyst reports as he could get his hands on. He graduated near the top of his class.
Rich also earned impressive grades but maintained a relatively low profile in the process. To earn ...