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SRO: IBM's Unsung Heroes And Heroines, Wolpert: Running An $80 Million Startup

Dec 01, 1999, 16:52 (0 Talkback[s])

"John Wolpert was hired to infuse some new blood into IBM. In fact, he and three of his classmates arrived straight out of business school and were told to get IBM to "act like a startup...."

"He tries to strike a balance between communicating with the vast labyrinth that is the rest of IBM and building a presence in the outside world. Wolpert runs boot camps for budding entrepreneurs, hiring students to roam IBM's labs worldwide and make friends with the researchers so they will submit their technologies to alphaWorks...."

"Wolpert goes to Silicon Valley conferences where startups gather and tries to convince them that since IBM is big enough to change their businesses--even accidentally--it is best to work with IBM. alphaWorks has poured resources into Java, XML and Linux and is now turning its attention to security and privacy, developing technologies to "change the way people purchase by eliminating the space between impulse and decision," Wolpert says."

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