Last Night at Larry Ellison's

Scenes from the NetSuite party at the Oracle founder's San Francisco home

SAN FRANCISCO—Don’t tell New York City’s tech scene, but sometimes it's good to be in California, the real center of the country's technology industry. Like when you can have dinner at Oracle founder Larry Ellison's, as I did on Tuesday night—his San Francisco house, which overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from the top of Pacific Heights. (Not to be confused with his Woodside house, a 40-acre, $70 million, feudal Japanese-styled estate.) The Oracle founder wasn’t actually there, but he gave the space over to NetSuite, a business management software company he co-founded, which had drawn 2,000 people to their user conference that day.