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Bob Bownes

Principal Product Manager

  • Bob has been with Oracle since September of 2010, first as a Systems Engineer in the State & Local Government market, then as a Platform Specialist for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance for North America. He currently is a Principal Product Manager for Oracle Linux and Virtualization.

    Bob Bownes is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or contributed to over 10 start up phase companies. An early witness to the microcomputer revolution that began in the mid 1970’s, Bob not only built his first computer system from scratch, his vision of early micro computing upstarts such as Apple, Commodore, Altair,  and even Radio Shack inspired him to found his first company before heading to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. That small company, repairing and servicing  early arcade video games grew into a consulting practice which designed embedded systems for a number of applications including monitoring of environmental parameters for commercial power plants.   At the close of his freshman year at RPI, Bob joined with three graduate students to form Archon, a company offering secure point to point data communications devices. Archon raised seed capital, produced prototypes and made pitches to a variety of potential clients and funding sources, finally selling the technology in 1985.

    A degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York was paralleled with continued consulting for companies such as Sun Microsystems and General Electric. While at university and at Sun, Bob took part in the development of UNIX based distributed computing models as well as early RISC processor development. After obtaining his degree in 1988, Bob entered the supercomputer world as an early employee of Supercomputer Systems Inc, building Cray class supercomputers. Still a technologist, Bob addressed some of the early challenges of numerical visualization and unique problems in supercomputing operating systems.

    Upon his return to New York’s capital district in 1992, Bob’s increasing involvement in the nascent Internet lead him to take a position leading the development of Internet Services for EMI/Intermedia Communications, later sold to Verizon. Directing the products developed for EMI, Bob rolled out internet services not only internally, but to independent telephone companies across the US and internationally. As one of the early visionaries, he and his team pioneered web hosting, today better known as ‘cloud services’ in 1995. 

    In 1998, Bob and seven other Intermedia employees left to start NeWorks Networking, a startup based in the Rensselaer Technology Park delivering network provider independent network management and monitoring services. NeWorks employed approximately 35 people at the time of it’s sale to VPNet. Those jobs, in Rensselaer County flourished after the VPNet purchase and subsequent sale to Avaya several months later, and are now based in Corporate Woods in Albany N.Y.

    Subsequent to NeWorks, Bob founded Tello, a leading edge voice over IP infrastructure provider delivering innovative routing and directory services to a very rapidly changing business landscape. Backed by industry stalwarts such as Michael Price, John Scully, and Craig McCaw, Tello raised over $15m in angel and Series A funding.

    Currently living in rural Rensselaer County, His latest startup is the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, a makerspace for individuals, organizations, and businesses.

    Bob has been with Oracle since September of 2010, first as a Systems Engineer in the State & Local Government market, then as a Platform Specialist for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance for North America. He currently is a Principal Product Manager for Oracle Linux and Virtualization.

    Bob Bownes is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or contributed to over 10 start up phase companies. An early witness to the microcomputer revolution that began in the mid 1970’s, Bob not only built his first computer system from scratch, his vision of early micro computing upstarts such as Apple, Commodore, Altair,  and even Radio Shack inspired him to found his first company before heading to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. That small company, repairing and servicing  early arcade video games grew into a consulting practice which designed embedded systems for a number of applications including monitoring of environmental parameters for commercial power plants.   At the close of his freshman year at RPI, Bob joined with three graduate students to form Archon, a company offering secure point to point data communications devices. Archon raised seed capital, produced prototypes and made pitches to a variety of potential clients and funding sources, finally selling the technology in 1985.

    A degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York was paralleled with continued consulting for companies such as Sun Microsystems and General Electric. While at university and at Sun, Bob took part in the development of UNIX based distributed computing models as well as early RISC processor development. After obtaining his degree in 1988, Bob entered the supercomputer world as an early employee of Supercomputer Systems Inc, building Cray class supercomputers. Still a technologist, Bob addressed some of the early challenges of numerical visualization and unique problems in supercomputing operating systems.

    Upon his return to New York’s capital district in 1992, Bob’s increasing involvement in the nascent Internet lead him to take a position leading the development of Internet Services for EMI/Intermedia Communications, later sold to Verizon. Directing the products developed for EMI, Bob rolled out internet services not only internally, but to independent telephone companies across the US and internationally. As one of the early visionaries, he and his team pioneered web hosting, today better known as ‘cloud services’ in 1995. 

    In 1998, Bob and seven other Intermedia employees left to start NeWorks Networking, a startup based in the Rensselaer Technology Park delivering network provider independent network management and monitoring services. NeWorks employed approximately 35 people at the time of it’s sale to VPNet. Those jobs, in Rensselaer County flourished after the VPNet purchase and subsequent sale to Avaya several months later, and are now based in Corporate Woods in Albany N.Y.

    Subsequent to NeWorks, Bob founded Tello, a leading edge voice over IP infrastructure provider delivering innovative routing and directory services to a very rapidly changing business landscape. Backed by industry stalwarts such as Michael Price, John Scully, and Craig McCaw, Tello raised over $15m in angel and Series A funding.

    Currently living in rural Rensselaer County, His latest startup is the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, a makerspace for individuals, organizations, and businesses.

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