Maybe it's because the two have pretty much nothing in common. Let's compare them anyway:
Table 1: Tale of the Tapes
|Person||Heidi Roizen||Philippe Kahn|
|Job||VC, formerly with Mobius||CEO, Borland Software|
|Project||Music to exercise by, inspired by Roizen's weight-loss experience||Two or three CDs given to customers and employees|
|Genre||Honestly, I'm afraid to listen.||Jazz/smooth jazz.|
|Role||Lyricist||Flute and sax player; composer on some tracks|
|Helpers||A songwriter and a small gaggle of vocalists||Big names in contemporary jazz: John Abercrombie, Alex Acuna, Dave Liebman, etc.|
|Funded by||Roizen||Borland. Oops! Kahn eventually reimbursed the company.|
|Situation||Feel-good story: She's left the VC world to pursue her passion||Feel not-so-good story: Kahn was continually under fire, partly for spending Borland money while the company was losing money. He resigned from Borland in 1995.|
I actually own one of the Kahn CDs, and I'm listening to it for the first time in years. Kahn himself isn't a bad flautist, but his taste is sappy -- no surprise, given that new age and smooth jazz were having their day back then. There's also a rap about how the "personal communicator," Kahn's vision of what would become the smartphone, will set us all free or something -- ugh.
Fortunately for me, this arrived in the mail minutes ago. Sorry, Philippe, you're going back on the shelf.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading