Artifact Details

Title

Leslie, Mark oral history

Catalog Number

102738311

Type

Moving image

Date

2017-07-13

Participants

Brock, David C., Interviewer
Hancock, Marguerite Gong, Interviewer
Leslie, Mark, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Format

MOV

Description

Mark Leslie has had a spectacular career moving from systems engineering at IBM in the 1960’s, through sales management and eventually becoming a highly successful CEO of a near startup which grew to be a billion dollar, Fortune 1000 company. He now teaches courses on entrepreneurship, ethics, and sales organizations at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and works in venture capital.
In this oral history, Mark maps out the steps in his career from IBM to Scientific Data Systems, and Data General and how he decided to make each of those transitions. After leaving Data General, he moved to corporate management, leading Synapse, Rugged Digital Systems and eventually Veritas. The oral history is also a great tutorial on lessons learned during his career. The insights offered in sales and corporate management, the dynamics of the high technology market and the mindset necessary to be successful make this a “must-read” for new and experienced entrepreneurs and corporate executives.

Category

Oral history

Subject

IBM; Data General Corporation (DG); Scientific Data Systems; Tolerant Systems; Tolerant Software; Veritas; Stanford GSB; Rugged Digital Systems

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8268.2018