Ray Ozzie

Software Entrepreneur; formerly Chief Software Architect of Microsoft

Ray has long been a pioneer in the areas of communications and social productivity. Through late 2010 he served as chief software architect of Microsoft, the company’s most senior technical leadership role that he assumed following its acquisition of Groove Networks – a company he founded in 1997 to develop software for secure peer-to-peer business team collaboration.

Prior to Groove, in 1984 Ozzie was founder and CEO of Iris Associates, the creator and developer of Lotus Notes. A decade later, Iris was acquired by Lotus and IBM. Under his leadership, Lotus Notes grew to be used for communications and productivity by hundreds of millions at most major enterprises worldwide. Before creating Notes, he was lead developer of Symphony at Lotus, worked on 1-2-3, on VisiCalc at Software Arts, and on operating systems at Data General.

Most recently, Ozzie founded and served as CEO of Talko Inc., delivering mobile apps and services for business team communications.  Honored in 1994 as one of seven Windows Pioneers by Microsoft, Ozzie was named Person of the Year by PC Magazine and has been inducted into the CRN Industry Hall of Fame. He has been honored as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and has received the IEEE Computer Society’s W. Wallace McDowell Award. In 2004 Ozzie was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2010 he was named as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Ozzie currently serves as a director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Safecast, and Balena.  He previously served as a director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and was a member of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.