Dr. Rosenblum developed VMware’s virtualization software while working on a supercomputer research project with his graduate students at Stanford University, where he remains an active professor of computer science. In 1998 he went on leave from Stanford to launch VMware with four business partners, including his spouse, Diane Greene, who remains the company’s CEO. It wasn’t easy going. Back then, VCs had a hard time wrapping their minds around the business opportunity in Dr. Rosenblum’s software, which allows one server to do the work of many.
Today, VMware has 100,000 customers and is expected to sell nearly $2 billion worth of its products this year. And that’s after debuting on the New York Stock Exchange last summer in one of the most successful IPOs since Google.
Om spoke with Dr. Rosenblum in December about the history of the company and state of the virtualization market. Here Dr. Rosenblum talks about being a founder. Read More about The F|R Interview: VMware Co-Founder Mendel Rosenblum