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I Would Buy Active Endpoints Stock If They Were a Public Company

I always wonder and speculate if and when Adam Kolawa will ever sell Parasoft too

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This evening I was browsing through the Active Endpoints Website. I clicked on the "executive team" link and realized that this company has unbelievable talent and experience in their leadership!

I personally don't know Mark Taber. It looks like he is an IBM'er with an impressive background. I did, however, meet Fred 12 years ago, at the first Powersoft User Conference in Orlando while he had his LexiBridge company. Those were the days with Mitchell Kertzman, David Litwack and the Powersoft team. Fred stayed along with the same gang after the Powersoft acquisition by Sybase. Kertzman, CEO of Powersoft, took the helm at Sybase, replacing Mark Hoffman, founder and CEO of the company. It looks like Fred built another company, GemLogic, and sold it to SilverStream. I see Chris joined Fred at Active Endpoints.

I also see another very familiar name, Eric Schurr, whom I remember from the SQA days. Eric's huge professional success came later with Rational. I always thought he should have been a part of the Powersoft team from the early days on, but he did just fine for himself. I still remember the first time I heard about Rational Rose, and the most impressive success story this company created with an impressive $700M exit when IBM acquired them in 2003.

I know other very successful leaders in the software industry; Adam Kolawa is one of them. We always wonder and speculate if and when he will sell Parasoft (not that the name sounds like Powersoft but another company and leadership I always admired. I would buy his stock too, if he were a public company).

Lastly, I see another name on Active Endpoints management team page, Michael J. Skok. I don't know him but I wonder if he is related to David Skok.

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