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Redmond Nabs Ex-Lotus Exec, Gains Bigger Cambridge Presence

Over the years, Microsoft has picked up a number of top software minds from rivals such as Borland (Brad Silverberg, father of Windows 95) and Lotus (Bob Frankston and Ray Ozzie come to mind).

The latest hire is freelance graphics creator Reed Sturtevant, who'll remain in Cambridge. Here's where it gets interesting: Reed will report to Jack Ozzie, who reports to his brother Ray. Sturtevant will work on new concepts for all Microsoft product groups, kind of like Microsoft Research except directed at real product development (a lot of Microsoft Research is pure research).

This hire is a classic Gates move. The chairman has always been interested in hiring the best brains, and has even bought entire companies to get the people; the products and technology were secondary.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 19, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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