Alex Hern has focused on the incubation of technology companies and early stage companies for 25 years. He is the Director and co-founder of Inktomi, the search technology for AOL, MSN, and Yahoo. He was the Director and co-founder of Yesmail, a web directory and email marketing company. It was sold to CMGI for $650 million. Alex Hern is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Military Commercial Technologies, a technology commercialization incubator. He co-founded Arcsight and was its Director. It is a cyber security company that was sold for $1.5 billion to Hewlett-Packard. He co-founded Cloudshield and was its Director. It is a network security company. He founded NewHomes.com and Triton Network, as well as serving on their boards. He was also a Zero Knowledge Systems’ board member. Learn more about Alex at UCSD.edu.
He was inspired to create Tsunami after he saw the transition to the GPU-driven era from the CPU-driven era. New platforms and software applications were needed to leverage the capabilities created by the graphic procession from PCs, mobile devices, and tablets. He recommends focusing on one thing at a time instead of multitasking to improve performance. Learn more about Alex Hern at Bloomberg.
He spends his nights trying to create innovations through the technology that drives his business. He is excited about the future of AI, cloud-based computing, and machine learning. His focus helps him achieve his goals and become successful in his work. He would tell his younger self to take his time making decisions. He believes entrepreneurs should wake up early and be consistent every day. They need to partner with those who can provide trusted solutions.
A business can be negatively affected by macroeconomic conditions. Business owners should be prepared when these conditions arise. A business should be built with transparency using the best new technology. Alex Hern gave his daughter $100 to create a dog walking business. He uses his own software TsunamiXR to stay productive. He recommends reading “The One Thing” to learn more about the power of focus.