Podcast 85: Drew Major

Drew Major, co-founder of Novell and Move Networks and now CTO of EchoStar Advanced Technologies, gets geeky about the underlying technology of video streaming, wired versus wireless connections, his invention of adaptive-rate video streaming, meetings with Steve Jobs, the future of IPTV and his conviction that it will eventually supplant broadcast TV, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 59:50

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Drew Major was one of the founders of Novell and the lead architect and developer of NetWare for over 15 years. In 1981, Drew and his partners saw the value in enabling PCs to share files and other resources via local area networks (LANs). By 1991, NetWare was the "killer app" that was driving PC and most LAN deployments.

Drew left Novell in 2003 and has continued to be a passionate developer of high-performance networking software. In 2000, he started Move Networks, where in 2003 he invented HTTP-based adaptive-rate video streaming. Move was acquired by EchoStar in 2010, where Drew now drives its broadband IPTV efforts. In 2002, Drew and Paul Sherer (ex-3Com CTO responsible for Ethernet's success) founded Arroyo Video Solutions. Arroyo builds high-performance video servers for the cable industry and telcos. Arroyo was purchased in 2006 by Cisco Systems.

In 1995, Byte magazine named Drew one of the 20 Most Influential People for the previous 20 years of the computer industry. He was inducted into the National Computer Industry Hall of Fame in 1999. He was inducted into the Utah Technology Hall of Fame in 2005.

Drew received his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in 1980, graduating with high honors in mathematics and computer science. He was born in California but has lived most of his life in Utah. He currently resides in Orem with his wife, Mary, with whom he has four sons.

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