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Consulting Times: Corel Ceo - A Visionary by Any Other Name

Dec 19, 1999, 18:44 (2 Talkback[s])
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"A joke circulating around technology investment circles these days suggests that companies with lagging stock prices should slap "Linux" on their company names. However, that's not what Michael Cowpland, founder and CEO of Corel (Nasdaq: CORL), has done. Instead, he's maintained a successful strategy of returning his company to profitability and entered the emerging market of Linux with a low budget, high quality approach. His Microsoft products continue to gain market share while he's helping to create a future for his fifteen year old company."

"As the high-technology equivalent of a smart General, he has lead a corporate turn-around by locating the opinion leaders in the Global technology community. Then he waited patiently while Linux went from the innovator stage of the adoption cycle into the early majority. Poised for a first quarter release, he's demonstrated his seasoning by keeping his eye on the wave and having his surfboard ready. His champions might want to tip their red hats to him for courage and tenacity in the face of criticism from every corner."

"R. Scott Renovich, a cub reporter for Red Herring looking for page views, wrote a scathing article when Cowpland described Corel's new push into the Linux arena. Mr. Renovich seems to think that Debian is a "so-called" distribution of Linux. He might serve himself and his readers by doing his home work. Debian is a Linux distribution."

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