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InfoWorld: The CEOs of Corel and Inprise reflect on why their companies were meant for one another

Feb 16, 2000, 17:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Last week, Corel and Inprise, two companies that in recent years have struggled to find their places in a Microsoft-dominated software market, forged a relationship bound by Linux. Armed with a strong core of users, engineers, and equity, the two will now plow ahead arm in arm, looking for the market share that has eluded them on their own...."

"InfoWorld: I guess we should start by asking the question that people often ask of couples: What do you guys see in each other?"

"Cowpland: Basically we're on the same wavelength: that the Internet is driving everything and we need to be open-oriented. Both companies have been approaching this from different directions and now you have a real end-to-end solution. Also, both companies move at a very good speed, which is very important in an Internet world."

"Fuller: On a personal level, it is exciting to work with a founder of this revolution that is defining the whole computer industry. He [Cowpland] has been around this since the beginning in founding Corel around Internet productivity software, and we at Borland have been building application development tools primarily for business professionals that want to build applications that run on top of the various operating systems out there. So when you think about it, what is really great is that we've both been providing solutions out there to problems businesses and individuals have been having."

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