Phil Gilbert is an entrepreneur and self-proclaimed “startup guy”. At IBM, his mission is grand: to transform one of the world’s most iconic companies — and the technologies it creates to power the systems of the world. Phil was born in 1956, the same year that IBM’s Thomas Watson, Jr. hired the company’s first head of Design, Elliot Noyes. When Phil was ten, Watson declared “good design is good business.” At the age of 27 — in 1983 — Phil started his first company and worked with the inventors of the Lisa, Macintosh and Windows. Startup #2 came in 1997 and #3 in 2002. When Lombardi Software (startup #3) was bought in 2010 by IBM, Phil assumed that #4 was just down the road. And then the strangest thing happened…
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