Eric had his first successful software company at age 11 selling software for the Altair/IMSAI 8080.
It has been pretty much downhill since then. After getting his BS CS, Eric was one of the six Arpanet "IMP programmers" at Bolt Beranek and Newman. (For the under-40 crowd: the Arpanet was the precursor to the modern Internet).
Eric later spent eight years at Convergent Technologies, mostly in Unix-land, ultimately running the division building the world's first 386-based Unix SMP machines.
He then joined the LAN-based e-mail company, cc:Mail as VP of Engineering, becoming its divisional CEO after being acquired by Lotus in 1991.
Eric started Collabra Software in 1992. Collabra was an e-mail-based groupware company whose marvelous employees, despite Eric's meddling, created Collabra Share - winner of 1994 Byte's Award of Distinction, and 1994 & 1995 PC Magazine Editor's Choice.
Collabra Share, along only with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows, were finalists for the 1994 PC Magazine Technical Excellence Awards (w00t).
Netscape bought Collabra in 1995 and Eric ran Netscape's Server Products Division.
In 1997, Eric became the CTO for Netscape and along with Jamie Zawinski and Frank Hecker was responsible for Netscape's decision to open-source the browser.
Eric started Inventures Group in 1998.
Eric holds a B.S. and honorary PhD in Computer Science from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and has completed the Stanford University/AEA high-technology executive summer program.
Eric serves as a trustee for the Computer History Museum located in Mountain View, California.
He is married with two sons and lives in Palo Alto, California. He loves to code when he has the time.
- 07/23/13 -techcrunch.com
- 09/17/09 -techcrunch.com