Ray Ozzie

Founder and CEO, Blues Wireless

Raymond Ozzie is an entrepreneur and technologist who has been part of the personal computer industry since its inception in the late 1970s. Since 2013, Ozzie has served on the board of directors of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and on the technical advisory board of AT&T. He has started several companies to develop innovative forms of collaboration software, including Iris Associates, Groove Networks, Talko, and most recently, Blues Wireless to focus on IoT communications. In 1997, Ozzie founded Groove which was acquired by Microsoft in 2005. The next year, Ozzie took over the role of chief software architect at Microsoft from cofounder Bill Gates. There, he led the company’s direction into new areas, including the Azure cloud service. Previously, Ozzie founded Iris Associates to create what would become known as Lotus Notes, the “groupware” and email product used by more than 150 million people worldwide. In 1983, he led a small team at Lotus Development to create Lotus Symphony, one of the first office suites.  


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