A View of the Importance and Capabilities of IIT in the Chicago
Founder and Vice Chairman of Cleversafe
Date and Location: Thursday, February
6th, 2014, 12:45pm - 1:45pm @ SB 111.
Since its formation on the IIT campus, Cleversafe has grown to the
second largest object storage systems provider and one of the most
patenting companies per employee in the world. Illinois Tech
alumni and students form the largest group of the company's
technical staff and demonstrate both the potential and importance of
IIT in the Chicago technology ecosystem.
Chris Gladwin founded Cleversafe in 2004, bringing to the company
the same innovative and entrepreneurial approach that has signified
his executive leadership throughout his career. Chris, who was
previously the creator of the first workgroup storage server at
Zenith Data Systems and was a Manager of Corporate Storage Standards
at Lockheed Martin, also created and managed a number of successful
new technology start-ups, including MusicNow, which was acquired by
Circuit City. Chris has been the creative force behind the
development of the first Dispersed Storage system to solve the
growing global problem of Big Data storage.
Chris Gladwin has created over 1,000 issued and pending patents
related to Dispersed Storage technology. Cleversafe, inspired by
Chris, continues to be one of the most patenting U.S. companies per
Chris Gladwin holds a degree in Engineering from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Chris is also a member of the Board
of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as the
Board of Directors of the Museum of Broadcast Communications,
SmartBet Charities, the Chicago Innovation Awards and the
Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.