Enterprise Systems Power 100 51-75
51. Esther Dyson (Author & Columnist; Chair,EDventure Holdings Inc.)
You can date your years in IT by how long you’ve beenreading Esther Dyson’s eclectic musings. As a New York Times syndicated columnist,an investor, commentator and chair of her own EDventure Holdings, she publishesan influential industry newsletter titled Release 1.0.
52. Steve Case (Chairman, AOL Time Warner Inc.)
AOL’s deal to buy Time Warner in early 2000 for $166billion in stock topped earlier acquisitions of CompuServe in 1998 and Netscapein 1999. It also promoted AOL’s CEO to chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc., amedia merger of the largest proportion. The meaning of the deal is still beingdebated, but Case reigns supreme among ISPs.
53. Ian Clarke (Project Founder &Coordinator, Freenet)
Despite the recent legal blows Napster has suffered,P-to-P buzz will continue as an efficient way to propel data throughout anetworked information system—and Freenet stands to be an important part of thatby allowing this information to be shared freely and anonymously.
54. Kurt Hellstrom (President & CEO, Ericsson)
Sweden’s 56-year-old Hellstrom has helped make Ericssonthe world leader in mobile-phone infrastructure equipment. Since stepping in aspresident in July 1999, he has managed to reverse a downturn in profitabilityfor the company and is focusing on new business. Current alliances with thelikes of Microsoft and Visa International should help.
55. Marvin Minsky (Founder, MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab; ToshibaProfessor of Media Arts and Sciences & Professor of Electrical Engineeringand Computer Science,MIT)
As a professor of electrical engineering and computerscience at MIT, Minsky has conducted research that has spurred advances inartificial intelligence, cognitive psychology and neural networks, among otherthings. He was a pioneer in robotics and built some of the first mechanicalhands with tactile sensors. As co-founder of the MIT Artificial IntelligenceLaboratory (in 1959), he has influenced the entire field of artificial intelligence.He’s the author of several books on artificial intelligence and a sciencefiction thriller.
56. Rob Malda (Founder, Slashdot)
As the much-admired CmdrTaco on www.slashdot.org, ahighly popular site for open source enthusiasts, the 24-year-old Malda commandsextensive influence. Slashdot, which he founded, was acquired last year byAndover.net, an Internet freeware and shareware site, which in turn waspurchased by VA Linux. Malda, however, remains as leader of the site.
57. David Duffield (Chairman, PeopleSoft Inc.)
Before founding PeopleSoft in 1987, the visionaryDuffield had already established two mainframe application software companies.He continues to drive the company’s vision, product and market direction.Duffield reportedly promotes a company culture that values people, as evidencedby its name, along with customers, innovation and integrity. PeopleSoft’sanalytics software, released this spring, promises to change the wayenterprises approach staffing and business planning.
58. Robert Bishop (Chairman & CEO, Silicon Graphics, Inc.)
In 15 years with SGI, Bishop has been responsible forbuilding the company’s international division and has been a member of thesenior management team since 1995. His work with SGI, which provides a broadrange of advanced graphics solutions, has driven the company forward withinnovations in high-performance computing.
59. Sky Dayton (Founder & Chairman, EarthLink Inc.)
Frustrated at the complexities of hooking up hiscomputer for Internet access, Dayton in 1993 founded what would become aleading ISP with over 4.7 million subscribers. In 1999, Dayton joined withformer Disney Internet chief Jake Winebaum to found eCompanies, an Internetincubator and venture fund that aims to create world-class Internet companies.
60. Paul Allen (Co-founder, Microsoft Corp.; Founder, Vulcan Northwest Inc.)
He’s the founder of Vulcan Northwest Inc., but morefamously, he’s Bill Gates’ cohort in founding Microsoft. Allen helped engineermany of the company’s most successful products, including MS-DOS, Windows, Wordand the Microsoft mouse, but left Microsoft in 1983.
61. Vinny Smith (Chairman & CEO, Quest Software Inc.)
After doubling its workforce in 2000, Quest hasexpanded its focus to include working with Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2,and application monitoring. Whether or not Quest can grow gracefully beyond itsOracle roots will depend on Smith’s aptitude for guidance.
62. Scott Cook (Chairman of the ExecutiveCommittee, Intuit Inc.)
Cook remains the poster boy for usability 18 yearsafter the first version of Quicken changed the way people balance theircheckbooks. With his leadership, Intuit continues to solidify its position asthe leading developer of financial software for individuals.
63. George Lucas (Founder & Chairman, Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts Entertainment Co. andLucas Digital Ltd.)
Think of a movie with outstanding special effects andodds are it came from Lucas’ ILM. His Industrial Light and Magic facility haschurned out some of the movie industry’s coolest special effects usingcomputer-generated graphics. While Lucas’ innovations haven’t found use in theenterprise yet, the possibilities are limitless.
64. Barry Diller (Chairman & CEO, USA Networks Inc.)
Under the designation Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch,the media mogul is aggressively looking for ways to integrate content andcommerce on the Internet. His goal: to build a commerce-driven empire bybringing old and new media together.
65. Steve Jobs (CEO, Apple Computer Corp.; Chairman & CEO, Pixar Animation Studios)
Jobs revitalized Apple with color, literally. Apple’siMac and iBook line—complete with its now-famous colorful encasing—returned thecompany to respectability. Will Apple’s new UNIX-based operating system, OS X,continue the resurgence?
66. Joseph P. Nacchio (Chairman & CEO, Qwest Communications International Inc.)
With a difficult merger with Baby Bell U.S. Westfinally complete, Qwest has set its sights beyond the United States. Recentagreements in Europe, Mexico and Japan have Nacchio positioning Qwest as aglobal presence in the broadband communications space.
67. Bernard Ebbers (President & CEO, WorldCom Inc.)
WorldCom has taken a controlling interest in Webhosting company Digex, adding hosting services to its Web and applicationexpertise. Now Ebbers has a full range of competencies to take on the managedhosting market.
68. William Esrey (Chairman & CEO, Sprint)
Esrey has shifted Sprint’s focus from wireline voice todata, wireless and broadband and is banking his company’s future on projecteddemand for services in these areas. Should projections become reality, Sprintcould reap huge benefits.
69. Scott Kriens (Chairman, President & CEO,Juniper Networks Inc.)
Juniper continues to battle Cisco for market share inthe router space. As long as the contest between the two networking vendorsremains tight, Kriens has and will continue to play a key role in coachingJuniper through the fight.
70. Gordon Stitt (President, Chairman & CEO,Extreme Networks Inc.)
Under Stitt, Extreme Networks has become a leader inLayer 3 Ethernet switching—a technology many see as a replacement to SONET fordata-transport in the enterprise. As Ethernet gains acceptance, Extreme ispositioned to capitalize on the high end of networking equipment.
71. Bobby Johnson (President & CEO, Foundry Networks Inc.)
With a record-setting IPO in 1999 that gained 525percent in a single day, Bobby Johnson helped his company hit the groundrunning, and the momentum has kept building as the company continues to growits switching and routing solutions business, working with companies fromAT&T to Yahoo!.
72. Peter Gyenes (CEO, Informix Corp.)
One billion dollars. That’s how much IBM paid in Aprilto purchase Informix’s database arm of the corporation. After orchestrating thedeal, CEO Peter Gyenes has broadened his economic vision, anticipating a 30percent to 40 percent revenue growth by the end of this year. Although that mayseem tough in such soft economic times, with Gyenes conductingbusiness—competitors beware!
73. Paul Folino (President & CEO, Emulex Corp.)
Emulex has been at the forefront of fibre channelnetworking, the standard used in SANs, but with the acquisition of Giganet,Emulex could change the face of storage networking with Virtual Interfacetechnology.
74. H.K. Desai (Chairman, President & CEO, QLogic Corp.). Since his appointment as CEOin mid-1995, Desai has driven Qlogic’s market capitalization from $25 millionto $10 billion, and the world has noticed. Now, Microsemi has tapped Desai fora position on its board of directors.
75. Jon “maddog” Hall (Executive Director, Linux International). With over 25 years ofindustry experience, maddog is encouraging the Linux movement through his positionat Linux International. Says pal Linus Torvalds, in his recent book Just forFun, “Everybody trusted him, and still does.”
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