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Too old for tech? Not these Silicon Valley CEOs

Think leading a technology company is only for thirtysomethings? These savvy sexagenarians beg to differ.

Any trouble staying young and refreshed?

Courtot: As long as you exercise your mind, you'll be OK. It's not that difficult to be healthy. I lift weights. I play tennis. I eat well. I drink green tea, because I like it. I avoid processed foods, because I don't like them. I'm also the very happy father of an 18-month-old girl.

Massaro: The companies I've done include disk drives, then systems, then software-based slots, then security and now messaging infrastructure. My only requirement is that I get to do something new each time, because I'm such a technology nerd and want to learn something new. My wife maintains I am a 65-year-old kindergartener that way.

Noerr: When we sign a big seven-figure deal, it is still just as sweet as the very first deal I ever signed.

So when will you finally retire?

Noerr: I'm grooming my president, Kristina Bivins, who is in her late 30s, to replace me in a few months' time. She is infinitely better than I ever was at things like process and marketing. I'll keep doing what I do, which is think about where the market is going.

Courtot: I have no timetable for retiring. But I can start to see the end of the line. And I do want to enjoy my little girl. When you're a young man, you're so busy you don't have time to see your children the same way. So I certainly want to spend time with her and for her. On the other hand, I've still got to build a very good team. I've got just a few more management holes to fill.

Massaro: I have three kids. The youngest is just going into college now. That's a boundary condition for my wife and me to start traveling. But I don't have a date here. My afternoon naps might be getting longer, but I think I've got another five years in me.

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