Computer Systems Laboratory Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, January 31, 2001
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Lessons of Antitrust:
A Case Study

Steve McGeady
Drumlin Holdings
About the talk:

Anti-trust and Technology: Anecdotes from the Microsoft Trial

Steven McGeady started and ran Intel's multimedia and Internet software efforts during much of the 1990s.  During this time, he worked extensively with and against Microsoft.  Having been both at the front line of Intel-Microsoft relations and a packrat of email, presentations, and notes, it isn't surprising that his files were subpoenaed by the US Dept. of Justice for the Microsoft anti-trust trial.  Perhaps more surprising was that he was the only Intel executive -- indeed, one of the few PC industry executives -- who actually agreed to testify, despite the misgivings of his then employer, Intel.

Mr. McGeady will give some opinions on the nature of competition in the technology industry, some anecdotes about his participation in the trial, and some suggestions about how to think about the underlying social responsibility of competitive entrepeneurs.

About the speaker:

Mr. McGeady is Managing Director of Drumlin Holdings, an investment company and technology advisory group. Until June of 2000, Mr. McGeady was Vice President of Intel Corporation's New Business Group. During his 15 years at Intel, Mr. McGeady led many software, marketing, and investment initiatives for Intel, including the i960 RISC microprocessor software, multimedia research and development, Intel's Internet development group, and a new business focused on Internet-based healthcare delivery. Prior to working at Intel, Mr. McGeady was a software engineering manager at Ann Arbor Terminals and Tektronix.

Mr. McGeady was Vice-President of Intel's Multimedia, Communications, and Internet activities from 1990 through 1996, where he led the development of the first desktop video-compression software for the PC, Intel's early implementations of multimedia network broadcast protocols, the first products to combine television and web pages, online virtual communities, the Java language, and data security infrastructure.

During the 1996/97 academic year, Mr. McGeady was a visiting researcher at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, were he pursued research on emergent and self-organizing behavior in computer networks, and was a keynote speaker at the first Harvard Conference on the Internet and Society. His speech from the event, "The Digital Reformation: Freedom, Risk, Responsibility" was reprinted in the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. During 1997 and 1998, Mr. McGeady was a member of the National Science and Technology Board committee on Information Systems Trustworthiness, and is a co-author of its book on the subject.

In 1998, Mr. McGeady was a witness for the US Department of Justice in the U.S. vs. Microsoft anti-trust case, where he testified about Microsoft's attempts to control Intel's software efforts, as well as their behavior toward Netscape and Sun's Javasoft. He was the only executive from the PC industry to testify for the government.

From 1997 through 2000, Mr. McGeady ran Intel's Internet Health Division, which focused on accelerating the deployment of computing and the Internet in the healthcare industry. Through industry marketing, investment, and business creation, Intel was influential in the establishment of e-health as the fastest-growing Internet business segment. IHD created the Internet Authentication Services business, allowing secure credentials for online health information transactions. Mr. McGeady is now a well-known commentator on the role of technology in Health.

Mr. McGeady is on the Boards of several small companies, including Webcriteria, an Internet user-experience metrics company, as well as on several non-profit Boards, including the Reed College Board of Trustees and Ecotrust. Mr. McGeady is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the National University of SIngapore's Kent Ridge Digital Lab, and a member of the Technology Advisory Board for Mercy Corp, an international aid organization. Mr. McGeady attended Reed College from 1977-1980, and studied Physics and Philosophy.

Contact information:

Steve McGeady