Bringing Big Thoughts to Market
Some people think big thoughts – Ted Codd’s relational model for database management is an exemplar. Some people make things. But very few people both think big thoughts and make big things – companies, products, and high-value services. Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Thomas Edison spring to mind. They created (in some cases, are still creating) value for society, investors and academia.
And then there’s Mike Stonebraker: an academic at heart, an entrepreneur with a focused, pragmatic worldview.
Stonebraker Through the Years
Stonebraker, whose resume includes 29 years at the University of California and 14 years (and counting) at MIT, has launched nine companies in that time. Beginning with Ingres, he moved on to launch Postgres, then on to Streambase (now Tibco) and Vertica (acquired by HP).