IBM will von Startup-Innovationen profitieren

Berlin (dpa) – Auf der Suche nach neuen IT-Lösungen umwirbt IBM junge Internet-Firmen in Deutschland. “Berlin und London sind heute die heißesten Städte für Tech-Startups in Europa”, sagte der für Beziehungen zu externen Entwicklern zuständige Manager Jim Corgel am Mittwoch in Berlin anlässlich der europäischen Finalrunde des IBM-Startup-Wettbewerbs “SmartCamp”.

Erst am Dienstag hatte Google eine verstärkte Förderung von Startups angekündigt. Auch andere Unternehmen der Branche wie die Deutsche Telekom haben solche Programme gestartet. Es gebe durchaus einen Wettbewerb um die klügsten Startups der Branche, sagte der IBM-Manager.

“Wir haben nicht alle Antworten auf die Probleme und Fragen unserer Kunden”, erklärte Corgel. Deswegen wolle IBM möglichst nah an den innovativen Startup-Projekten dran sein. “IBM war für neue Ideen nie aufgeschlossener als heute”, sagte der Manager. Das 2010 gestartete Förderprogramm “Global Entrepreneur” in inzwischen 19 Ländern unterstützt Firmengründer mit Software, technischer Beratung und der Vermittlung von Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten.

An der Finalrunde nahmen zehn Startups aus neun Ländern teil, darunter die inzwischen schon international aufgestellte JouleX aus Deutschland, die eine Lösung für das Energiemanagement in Rechenzentren entwickelt hat. Der Gewinner nimmt im Februar in New York an der weltweiten Finalrunde teil.

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Jim Corgel, IBM-Manager, umgarnt auf der Suche nach neuen IT-Lösungen junge Internet-Firmen in Deutschland: “Berlin und London sind heute die hei-ßesten Städte für Tech-Startups in Europa.“ In Berlin lief die europäische Finalrunde des IBM-Wettbewerbs “SmartCamp“. Erst am Dienstag hatte Google eine verstärkte Förderung von Startups angekündigt; auch Branchengrößen wie Deutsche Telekom haben solche Programme gestartet. Es gebe einen Wettbewerb um die klügsten Startups der Branche, sagt IBM-Mann Corgel: „Wir haben nicht alle Antworten auf die Probleme und Fragen unserer Kunden.“ Sein Konzern sei für neue Ideen „nie aufgeschlossener als heute“ gewesen. An der Finalrunde nahm auch die deutsche Firma Joulex teil.

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Michael J. Riegel

Vice President, Mobile and WebSphere Solutions, IBM

Mike currently serves as Vice President of Mobile and WebSphere solutions for IBM. In this role he directs the strategy and marketing for IBM’s global mobile and web solutions to advance the company’s Smarter Planet strategy. Previously, Mike served as Vice President of Startups, ISVs and Academic Programs and was recognized for creating IBM’s partnership program with venture capital firms and startup companies across more than 40 countries.

Mike has over fifteen years of leadership experience in marketing, product management, sales, mergers and acquisitions, business consulting, channel management and marketing roles across software, hardware and services businesses. Mike has been a featured speaker at events around the world covering topics as diverse as marketing and branding strategies, mobile computing, channel development, innovation and business strategy, risk management, business transformation, leadership and change management, sustainable cities, Linux and open-source trends, software and cloud-based business
models, and social media marketing. He has also been featured in Businessweek magazine and he was profiled in Forbes India for his work in leading IBM’s programs with startups and venture capital firms.

Prior to joining IBM, Mike worked at InterAmerica Technologies, a privately held software firm in McLean, Virginia. He also worked briefly as an economic advisor in the United States Congress.
In addition to his role at IBM, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Software & Information Industry Association.

Prior to this, Burgos worked for Swisscom Mobile AG and Perspectix AG during his living years in Switzerland.

James M. Corgel

General Manager, ISV and Developer Relations IBM

Jim Corgel is general manager, ISV and Developer Relations, IBM Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for IBM‘s worldwide relationship with independent software vendors (ISVs), which contribute to approximately one third of IBM’s revenue. He also manages the key partnerships with the development, academic, and venture capital communities which comprise IBM’s industry-leading ecosystem of influencers.

Mr. Corgel’s career at IBM spans more than 30 years. Since joining IBM in 1975, Mr. Corgel has held a broad range of positions in marketing and field management, including responsibility for IBM’s emerging markets division and the distribution industry for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to his current position, Mr. Corgel led IBM’s services solutions for small and medium business (SMB) clients. He was charged with growing IBM’s SMB business by developing innovative solutions that match SMB client needs and enabling Business Partners to sell IBM services. Previously, Mr. Corgel was general manager for IBM’s Web and application hosting services business.

Mr. Corgel served on the University of Notre Dame Advisory Board for Graduate Studies and Research. He now serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Undergraduate Experience. He was recently
named a Distinguished Alumnus by Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Dirk Wittkopp

Vice President Development and Managing Director of IBM Deutschland
Research & Development GmbH

The German IBM R&D center, headquartered in Boeblingen in Southwest Germany, is one of the largest R&D sites of the corporation outside of the United States with a broad project portfolio in strategic hard- and software areas. As Managing Director of the Lab, Dirk is responsible for driving innovation and the development for a number of strategic IBM technologies and solutions. Furthermore, he and his teams support clients and partners around the globe on technical consultancy and implementation in close cooperation with IBM Sales, Services and Consulting.

Dirk is a strong supporter of the IBM Global Entrepreneur startup program from the beginning, as he believes in the innovative potential of startups for enterprises around the world.

Krim Tariq

Founder and CEO of Jolicloud

A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tariq has a passion for building highly disruptive new products. He is founder and CEO of Jolicloud, a pioneer in personal cloud computing. Prior to Jolicloud, Tariq founded Netvibes, the personal start page used by millions around the world. A thought leader and regular speaker at global technology and media conferences, he was recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the world‘s “Top Innovators Under 35” (2008), by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and most recently was honored by the President of France as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.