NC State University

Department of Computer Science Colloquia 1999-2000

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2000
Time: 3: 30 PM (talk)
Place: Withers 402A, NCSU Historical Campus (click for courtesy parking request)

Speaker: Richard O. Holcomb, Chairman of the Board, HAHT Software

A Tale of Two Companies: Lessons Learned and Forgotten


     How do entrepreneurs use advanced degrees as a basis from which to start successful companies?

    What are the special challenges facing entrepreneurs in today's new economy?

    What steps can you take now to prepare for a successful career in the high tech sector?

If you find these questions intriguing, this colloquium is for you. You will find how an NC State Graduate Degree became a catalyst for funding two software companies in the area.

Short Bio: Richard O. Holcomb is the co-founder of Q+E Software and HAHT Software . Richard Holcomb co-founded the first company at the age of 24, shortly after graduating with a Masterís degree in Computer Science at NC State. He built Q+E Software into one of America's fastest growing companies and sold it on the eve of taking it public in 1994. After taking some time off to travel - including a couple of interesting trips to Eastern Europe to lecture on entrepreneurism, Mr. Holcomb returned to co-found HAHT Software in 1995. In addition to serving on several local advisory and governmental boards, Mr. Holcomb is an investor and advisor to several other start-up software companies.

Host: Alan Tharp, Computer Science, NCSU

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