Technology >> CEO Interviews >> January 5, 2004


ANTHONY N. LAPINE is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Semotus Solutions, Inc. Mr. LaPine, an original Founder of Semotus Solutions (formerly, manages the entire corporate vision and strategy of the company. He has a 30-year legacy as an icon of business and technology in the Silicon Valley, and continues to guide Semotus Solutions' progress, its development as well as its current and future business plans. Mr. LaPine has served as a member of 20 corporate Boards for companies across a broad spectrum of industries, and he has created a legendary career in the realm of computing technology. He served as a member of the engineering team that gave birth to the modern disk drive. Mr. LaPine was one of the Founders of Memorex's Equipment Group where he was instrumental in developing the floppy disk drive, a cornerstone of today's personal computer revolution. In addition, he played a major role in Memorex's historic turnaround, re-listing Memorex on the New York Stock Exchange ' the only company ever re-listed. Mr. LaPine re-engineered the IrwinOlivetti Company, orchestrating the invention of the first removable cartridge tape backup in personal computers. This development opened a new billion-dollar market, catapulting the company to profitability and a public offering (IPO). At LaPine Technology, he launched the first micro disk drives for notebook computers, creating a whole new industry standard. Mr. LaPine led his company's growth to a profitable $60 million in sales before selling the company in a transaction valued at $240 million. Mr. LaPine possesses a BSEE cum laude, from California State University, an MSEE from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He later became an alumnus of Stanford's Graduate School of Business through their Executive Program. In 1993, he received the San Jose State University 'Alumni Award of Distinction' and is the recipient of the Santa Clara University 1994 'Distinguished Engineering Alumni' award. Profile
TWST: Please tell us about Semotus Solutions.

Mr. LaPine: Semotus Solutions was founded in 1993. We are listed on the

American Stock Exchange, and a leader in providing mobile