It was incredibly sad to see the destruction of something so special in HP's hands. I'd spent a good slice of my life building Autonomy into a business with amazing technology and people.
When I started Autonomy in 1996, it was always about changing the world. I would have been stunned if it had become worth £10m, never mind £10bn. Autonomy was so successful because we had amazingly special people. To be blunt, it was ruthlessly meritocratic: we weren't very interested in mediocrity.
A week after HP fired me, I was happy again. It was a relief to no longer have to deal with the bureaucracy, the infighting and all the corporate politics. I also realised that all the talented people had left and were out there doing interesting things.