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    Chris Capossela, Senior VP of Microsoft


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    Chris Capossela is the Senior Vice President of the Microsoft Information Worker Product Management Group. Chris is responsible for the worldwide product and business management of the Microsoft Office System of products, which includes desktop applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, server products such as Exchange, and hosted services such as Office Live.

    Chris has been with Microsoft for over 15 years in various of business positions, including two years as a speech writer for Bill Gates.

    In this interview, Chris tells us about his experiences and lessons from Microsoft. Notably, he shares his insight on how Microsoft continues to be innovative, the success and future of Office products, and anecdotes from his work with Bill Gates.

    Chris graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics.

    Enjoy the interview!

    - Min Liu

  • Posted on 19 Jun 2009

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    Max Ventilla and Rob Spiro, Founders of Aardvark


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    Max Ventilla and Rob Spiro are two of four founders of Aardvark, a new social search tool that gets real-time answers from social networks. Max and Rob, along with Nathan Stoll and Damon Horowitz , are carving out the social space with a product that’s a conversation facilitator.

    In this interview, Max and Rob give an overview of social search, explain their approach in building an innovative product in a burgeoning space, and give insight into Aardvark’s user-centric and research-oriented approach to product and company development. They also packed the interview with some great advice for entrepreneurs and new graduates.

    Max, Zoo Director, drives strategy and business development. Prior to Aardvark, Max focused on strategy for Adsense at Google and earlier was VP of Business Development for an enterprise data mining tool. Max holds a BS in Math and Physics and a MBA from Yale.

    Rob, Assistant Curator to Birds, leads all quantitative and qualitative user research initiatives. Previously, Rob co-founded Mifly, a mobile software startup, and Reelblogs, a new media company. Rob holds a BA in History from Yale.

    - Min Liu

  • Posted on 13 May 2009

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    Paul Edmondson CEO & Ren Chin VP of Marketing of YieldBuild


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    YieldBuild is an online service that maximizes publisher ad revenue through layout, ad network and ad placement optimization. YieldBuild also provides consolidated reporting to help publishers identify, on the basis of statistical data, the best performing ad position layout, color and font style on their webpages.

    Paul Edmondson, YieldBuild's co-founder and CEO, was part of the executive team at MongoMusic, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2000. He help group management positions at MSN Entertainment over product management, quality management, and operations. Paul graduated from California PolyTechnic University

    Ren Chin, VP of Marketing, most recently comes from Storm Ventures and an EIR. Prior to Storm, Ren was an investor at Partech International where he focused on software and internet investments. Ren holds an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business.

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  • Posted on 13 May 2009

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    Alex Wong, Director of Products at 23andMe


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    Alex Wong is the Director of Products at 23andMe, the popular leader in the personal genome space. As the company’s third employee, he has led product development and design for more than two years, taking the idea of a "personal genome service" from concept to reality.

    In this interview, Alex explains how 23andMe is making changes in personalized healthcare and genetic research by putting consumers in the driver’s seat and spearheading consumer-driven research. He also explains how the Personal Genome Test, the "spit kit", works, and gives guidance on how to pursue and create an innovative product.

    Alex brings nine years of technical and entrepreneurial experience from Network Appliance and his own direct-to-consumer digital media software startup. Alex graduated magna cum laude with a combined AB/SM in Computer Science from Harvard University, and has published research in operating systems design.

    For more information about 23andMe and genetics, check out the 23andMe blog, The Spittoon!

    - Min Liu

  • Posted on 19 Mar 2009

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    Alyssa Rapp, Founder and CEO of Bottlenotes


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    Alyssa Rapp is the Founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, an online wine retail business that helps individuals discover and learn about wine. Alyssa started the company while at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she headed the school's 500-person wine club. In this interview, Alyssa gives key insights on starting and running a hybrid online retail business, talks about her personal and entrepreneurial story for Bottlenotes, and gives leads to the most amazing wine regions in the world. Her goal for Bottlenotes, she says, is to create the "Pandora of wine".

    Alyssa earned a B.A. in Political Science and the History of Art from Yale University in 2000 and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2005. In between her first and second years in business school, she spearheaded the sales and marketing efforts at RO Imports, an importer of boutique New Zealand wines in New York.

    Thanks to Julio, iinnovate emeritus, and Roger for contributing to this interview.

    - Min Liu

  • Posted on 16 Jul 2008

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