This year, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) will be featuring the best names in technology to share their perspectives on the state of innovation and entrepreneurship in the technology industry.
Their profiles are showcased below:
Steve Case: October 14, 2011
Named Chairman of the Startup America Partnership, Case is one of the country’s best-known and most accomplished philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Startup America Partnership is an independent alliance that works with the country’s most innovative corporations, entrepreneurs, universities, foundations and other leaders who work with President Obama to help raise prevalence and success for U.S. entrepreneurs. As chairman, Case hopes to expand entrepreneurship education, increase the number of entrepreneurs, and create an upturn in the success rate of entrepreneurs by reducing non-market challenges. In 1985, Case co-founded America Online (AOL) and was the Chairman of the Board for AOL Time Warner until 2003. He founded Revolution, an investment business for innovative companies and entrepreneurs. With the success of AOL and Revolution, CNBC named him “one of the nation’s greatest entrepreneurs.”
Steve Appleton – December 16, 2011
Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology Inc., Appleton is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. In 1983, Appleton joined Micron and was named president and COO in 1991. Three years later, Appleton became the youngest CEO at the age of 34 in the Fortune 500. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Semiconductor Industry Association, the Board of Directors for National Semiconductor Corporation, The U.S. Technology CEO Council and is a member of the World Semiconductor Council and the Idaho Business Council.
Steve Ballmer – April 19, 2012
Ballmer has been the CEO of Microsoft Corporation for over ten years. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and hired as the first business manager of the company by Bill Gates. Ballmer led Microsoft’s development of a revolutionary Microsoft .NET Framework platform for desktop personal computers, servers, non-PC devices and the Internet.
Mark McLaughlin – May 2012
McLaughlin is the president and CEO of Verisign, one of the world’s leading provider in internet network infrastructure services. Versign operates an array of network infrastructure, inclduing two of the 13 root name servers on the internet, which include .com, .net and .name. McLaughlin served as the company’s president and COO in 2009, prior to becoming CEO.