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Mitchell Kertzman

 

Brief Description: Former programmer, founder, and CEO of Powersoft (later Sybase)

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Mitchell Kertzman, now a Partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, has over 30 years of experience as a CEO of public and private software companies and rose to i-Technology fame as founder and CEO of Powersoft, which became the leading provider of client-server development tools with its flagship product, PowerBuilder.

In February 1995 Powersoft merged with Sybase - at the time, the most valuable mergers in the history of the software industry. Later he was chairman of the board and CEO of Sybase, Inc., and even more recently than that he was Chairman and CEO of Liberate Technologies, a provider of platform software for the delivery of digital services by cable television companies.

A former programmer, Kertzman founded Powersoft in 1974 as Computer Solutions. He renamed the company and became a member of the Hummer Winblad family in 1991 when Hummer Winblad invested in the company.

Kertzman served as President of the Massachusetts Software Council from 1994 to 1996 and was 1990 chairman of the American Electronics Association. He is founder and former chairman of the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), a think tank focused on issues related to the standard of living and quality of life of America?s middle class. He served on the New York State Commission on Industrial Competitiveness and chaired its task force on industrial policy.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and is currently a Director of CNET - he became a director of CNET Networks in May 1996 - as well as a board member of Bridgestream, Sapias, Five9, and ActiveGrid.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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