Friday, October 16, 2009

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer meets with Local Tech Executives


MassTLC hosted an off-the-record breakfast roundtable discussion with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. Pictured here are Steve Ballmer and Dan Bricklin, Council Trustee, President of Software Garden, and Creator of VisiCalc.

In town only briefly, Ballmer had requested the opportunity to meet with a small group of leaders who are highly engaged with the Boston technology and innovation community. His goal was to learn about the local tech sector, how Microsoft can help drive innovation in the region, and other issues on the minds of the participants. The meeting proved to be a very interactive and informal exchange. Since the content of the meeting was off the record, I'll refer the curious to Scott Kirsner's blog post on the meeting.

Attendees at the breakfast included: Colin Angle, CEO, iRobot; Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft; George Bell, Special Venture Partner, General Catalyst; Dan Bricklin, President, Software Garden; Laura Fitton, CEO, OneFourty; Michael Greeley, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners; Brian Halligan, CEO, Hubspot; Diane Hessan, CEO, Communispace; Tom Hopcroft, President & CEO, Mass Technology Leadership Council; John Landry, Managing Director, Lead Dog Ventures; Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University; Annmarie Levins, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft; Steve O’Leary, Entrepreneur in Residence, General Catalyst; Tim Rowe, CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center; Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital; Joseph Steig, CFO, National Collegiate Inventor and Innovators Alliance & Long River Ventures; Bill Warner, President, Warner Research; and Gus Weber, Business Development and Community Relations Manager, Microsoft.

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