Today is an exciting day for me: Dell is launching a product that I’ve helped put together and create along with a team of people across the company and, of course, the leader of the project, Barton George. We’ve been calling it Project Sputnik, and it’s got a real name now, “XPS 13 developer edition.” I’ll of course probably always refer to it as Sputnik. I help run the internal incubation program we have at Dell, and this was the first project we accepted and the one that I’ve been “managing.” What that means is that I work with Barton and team to make sure they’re getting what they need and help make the sausage. (People often ask me how I’m liking Dell and what I tell them is that if you like sausage as much as I do, it’s a wonderful place to see it being made and make some yourself.)
Despite an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion, Mr. Weston, 48, lives modestly with his wife and three children in a 2,300-square-foot double-wide trailer on the banks of the Guadalupe River just outside of San Antonio. In addition to being a successful dot-com and real estate investor, he descends from British nobility on his mother’s side and Canadian grocery magnates on his father’s side, whose holdings include Twinings tea, Karo syrup, Fleishmann’s yeast, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges.