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CDIS-Oracle Tech Chat

Event Details

Thursday, November 18, 2021
4-5 p.m.

Oracle is the second largest software company in the world and a leader in database, cloud infrastructure, and business applications technologies. Join Oracle Executive VP Chris Stone on Thursday, 11/18 at 4:00 pm as he chats with CDIS Founding Director Tom Erickson about what happening at this groundbreaking technology firm. Chris and Tom will discuss recent trends at Oracle Corporation in data and computer science, the hype vs. reality in Machine Learning (ML), startups vs. Big Tech, what employers like Oracle are looking for in UW grads. Questions from attendees will also be welcomed!

Speaker Bio - 

Chris started out as a developer/product manager at Data General and helped create the original office systems software. Frustrated with how difficult it was for computers to distribute information, he helped form an organization that created a new industry around object-oriented computing and created a software standard called CORBA, the predecessor to web services, SOA, & distributed computing. In the mid 90’s, along with Eric Schmidt (GOOG / Sun Java guy), Chris ended up being Executive Vice President of Novell -Corporate Development, CTO, and started a Venture Capital team inside Novell with the first investment being Red Hat Software (95x return). He was deeply involved in the success of Linux and Open Source and founded the Open Source Business Conference. He then became Vice Chairman and co-CEO of Novell focusing on new products for networking, data management, directory services, operating systems (acquiring SuSE, Ximian (GNOME) and others), and identity management. He was CEO of 3 startups involved in hosted services/supply chain, supercomputing and document management, Chris was a venture capitalist investing in 28 startups, a Chief Products Officer at Acquia, and is currently serving as Executive Vice President of Engineering and Products at Oracle.