Pioneer Lecture Series: Entrepreneurship for Computer Science

  • SCOTT DIETZEN
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Chief Executive Officer (2010-2017)
  • Pure Storage
Lecture

From Failed Researcher to IPO 

I have had the good fortune to help grow two product lines (WebLogic & Pure Storage) from 0 to over $1B in revenues in eight years each, making them two of the fastest growers in B2B tech history. This talk will attempt to synthesize lessons learned during 25 years of entrepreneurship, and is intended to both inspire future entrepreneurs---about the opportunity to change the world by building something great, as well as to caution you—about what it takes for a technology to become a successful product and business. 

Scott Dietzen is Chairman of the Board of Pure Storage and served as the Company’s CEO from 2010 to 2017. Under his leadership as CEO, Pure grew from 0 to a $1B revenue run rate, to over 2000 employees and completed an IPO in 2015. ;Dietzen ;is a four-time successful entrepreneur with Pure, WebLogic, Zimbra and Transarc.

Before Pure Storage, he was President and CTO of Zimbra, a vendor of open source messaging and collaboration software (acquired by Yahoo!). Zimbra was a pioneer of the Web 2.0 and Open Core paradigms. Prior to Zimbra, Dietzenwas CTO of BEA Systems (acquired by Oracle), where he helped craft the technology and business strategy for WebLogic that drove BEA from $60m in annual revenues to over $1B. Dietzen came to BEA via the acquisition of WebLogic, an innovator in Java and web application server technology.

Prior to WebLogic, Dietzen was Principal Technologist of Transarc (acquired by IBM), a developer of distributed transaction and file sharing systems. Dietzen also serves on the board of Sigma Computing, and served on the board of Cloudera prior to its IPO. Dietzen has made appearances on Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business and NBC’s Press:Here, among others. He has also been a contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Faculty Hosts: Alexander Waibel / William Kaigler

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