technology revolution is creating new entrepreneurial success stories
every day. Following are some Rensselaer graduates making a name for themselves
as entrepreneurs to watch:
Akufo '80, co-founder and vice president of engineering for NetCore,
a developer of data switches to handle Internet traffic for both long-distance
and regional telephone companies. NetCore was acquired by Tellabs this
summer for $575 million.
Chatter '82 cofounded Nexabit, a developer of ultra-fast routers
for the Internet, in 1996. Lucent Technologies announced in June that
it was acquiring Nexabit Networks for $900 million. Chatter was named
one of "the information economy's boldest innovators" in the Top Ten
Entrepreneurs listing in the September issue of Red Herring magazine.
Crowe '72, president and CEO of Level 3 Communications, has bold
plans to build the first global fiber-optic local and long-distance
phone network using Internet protocol. He believes his high-capacity,
packet-switched $9 billion network could ultimately cut the cost of
voice communications by 90 percent.
Goren '87 is the chief technology officer and co-chairman of the
board of Radiant Systems Inc., a maker of touch-screen applications
for the retail and restaurant sector. In August, Radiant announced a
partnership with America Online Inc. to make AOL's online services available
at gas stations, restaurants, and movie theaters.
MacFarlane '88 founded Software.com in 1993. In 1996 it merged with
Accordance Corporation, creating a leading developer of Intranet/Internet-based
server messaging software. MacFarlane is CEO of Software.com.
Priem '82 is co-founder and chief technical officer of NVIDIA Corporation,
which designs, develops, and markets 3-D graphics processors and related
software that provide high-performance interactive 3-D graphics to the
mainstream PC market. The company went public in January.
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