Profile – John Patrick VP Internet Technology IBM
Monday, April 2, 2001
Somers, NY 10589
Phone: (914) 766-1900
His official title at IBM is vice president of Internet technology, but he says he also goes by “chief dreamer.” In addition, Patrick chairs the Global Internet Project, an alliance of executives working to continue the development of online technologies.
“I help people see the future of the Internet more clearly, get them excited about it and give them ideas on what to do about it,” he says.
Read what dreams may come for Patrick at The Standard.
John Patrick is a 30-year veteran of IBM, where he has elevated to the position of VP of Internet technology. He is currently a driving force behind the company’s backing of Linux, and he also created the alphaWorks Web site, IBM’s online research and development laboratory. He is an active industry leader, being a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium, a member of the International Center for Advanced Internet Development, and other groups. Network World named John one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Networking.”
Global Internet Project (http://www.witsa.org/gip/), ThirdAge Media
VP of Internet technology
VP of marketing, personal systems unit
Various management positions
B.S. electrical engineering
Univerisiy of South Florida
Who is the most powerful public person in the Internet industry today?
No one person. The Internet is all about power to “the people”; not big institutions or powerful individuals.
Who is the most powerful behind-the-scenes person in the Internet industry today?
Esther Dyson in her role as interim chairman of ICANN.
You are introduced to someone at a cocktail party. Describe what you do in two or three sentences.
I help people see the future of the Internet more clearly, get them excited about it, and give them ideas on what to do about it.
What do you wish you had invented?
The Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Tell us the URL of one site (other than your own) that you think is essential for doing business on the Net, and why.
wunderground.com because it is important to know the weather when you travel a lot.