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August 2017, Vol. 19, No. 6

Interfacing with an information technology entrepreneur

Some people have good ideas, and they remain just that, ideas. E. Kelly Fitzsimmons is an information technology entrepreneur whose leadership skills have helped turn ideas into successful security and technology companies. She built and sold several security startups. How did she do it? Fitzsimmons plans to reveal some of her tips on how to survive the ups and downs of life as a serial information technology entrepreneur in her upcoming book, slated for publication later this year. Like most well-known entrepreneurs, she persisted despite a few hard-hitting failures. Fitzsimmons started her information technology entrepreneurship as founder and CEO of Sun Tzu Security, a consulting company, which merged with Chicago-based security lab and advisory firm Neohapsis -- now owned by Cisco -- in 2003. She served as CEO of Neohapsis from 2003 to 2006. A year later, she co-founded HarQen, the web telephony company behind and Voice Advantage communications software. In 2011, she received the Silvertip PwC ...

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