October 28, 2017
Chris Gladwin is the CEO and founder of Ocient, a startup building software that enables sophisticated users of data to handle massive amounts of information fast enough to make real-time decisions.
Two years ago, Chris sold his data storage company Cleversafe to IBM for $1.3 billion. Cleversafe was the largest and most strategic object storage vendor in the world. The technology he started generated over 1,000 patents granted or filed, creating one of the ten most powerful patent portfolios in the world.
Prior to Cleversafe, Chris was the Founder and CEO of startups MusicNow and Cruise Technologies, and led product strategy for Zenith Data Systems. He started his career at Martin Marietta, and holds a mechanical engineering degree from MIT.
In this episode, you’ll hear about the story of Chris’s senior prank and the lessons around forming a team, have a vision, and setting goals that translate to being an entrepreneur, the importance of not being too far ahead of the market and how you know if you have the timing right, and his experience developing a tablet computer 20 years before the iPad. We also cover a wide range of other topics, so tune in and check us out!
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