In part two of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” video with Mike Shapiro and Adam Leventhal, the two discuss the culture of innovation at their former employer, Sun Microsystems, and which new companies are fostering the same type of innovation and risk-taking.
“Smart People on Ice” is a line from the 1985 movie Real Genius, the classic comedy which chronicled the exploits and hijinks of a group of precocious youths at fictional California university, modeled on CalTech. Our Smart People series features conversations with leading technologists from across the technology stack discussing how they first fell in love with technology, their early days with computers, and their evolution as technologists and entrepreneurs.
Smart People’s host is Alex Benik. Real Genius was one of the sparks that catalyzed Alex’s fascination with technology as a boy and has influenced him to this day. Alex has been with Battery since 2001 and invests in infrastructure technologies. He currently works with AppDynamics, Catchpoint, Chef, Cumulus Networks, Diablo Technologies, and Stratoscale.