|Andrew J. "Flip" Filipowski|
Andrew J. "Flip" Filipowski is a Polish American technology entrepreneur born in 1950 in Chicago, IL. He is currently the Executive Chairman and CEO of SilkRoad Equity, a private investment firm, and founded Platinum Technology in 1985. He founded or cofounded Blue Rhino Corporation; Primo Water; SilkRoad technology, inc.; DBMS, Inc.; the House of Blues; SolidSpace, Inc.; onramp Branding; MissionMode and InterAct 911 Corp. Platinum technology was sold to Computer Associates (CA) in 1999 for $3.5 billion, a record at the time for a software company. Filipowski's personal proceeds from the deal were $290 million.
Filipowski founded or served in an executive capacity in a number of companies including divine, inc.; DBMS, Inc.; and Cullinet Corp; he also served in various managerial and technical positions with A.B. Dick; Motorola; and Time, Inc. Throughout the course of his career, Filipowski along with his management team, has acquired and integrated nearly 200 public and private companies.
In 2000, Flip was named one of the 100 most influential individuals in the technology field in Upside magazine’s 2000 Upside Elite 100 list.