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Dan’l LewinCorporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Microsoft CorporationDan’l Lewin is responsible for leading Microsoft's global engagement with startups, venture capitalists. In addition, Lewin supports business relationships with industry partners in Silicon Valley and has executive, site, and citizenship responsibility for the company's operations, based in Mountain View, California, which employs 2,500 people. Lewin’s business development teams focus on supporting the software startup and entrepreneur ecosystem developing on the Microsoft platform while helping foster and grow local software economies worldwide. Through the Microsoft BizSpark Program, and the Microsoft Innovation Center Program, the groups help accelerate startup success in more than 100 countries. Lewin has spent more than 30 years in Silicon Valley as an executive leading sales and marketing divisions for companies including Apple Computer Inc., NeXT Inc. and GO Corp. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems Inc., a startup that pioneered intellectual property asset management. He has consulted for emerging companies, venture capital firms and corporate joint ventures. Lewin serves on the boards of the Churchill Club; Software Development Forum; American Electronics Association; Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society; and the Tech Museum of Innovation, where he serves as chairman of the Tech Museum Awards program. He is also on the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Venture Capital Association. He holds an AB in politics from Princeton University.
Roy LevinDistinguished Engineer and Managing DirectorMicrosoft Research, Silicon Valley
Roy Levin is a distinguished engineer and managing director of Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, which he co-founded in August, 2001. The lab presently numbers approximately 50 researchers working in the area of distributed computing and operates in a highly collaborative style that embraces the technical spectrum from theory to practice.From 1996 until he joined Microsoft, Levin was Director of the Digital/Compaq Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, Calif. Previously, he was a senior researcher in the Center since its founding in 1984. During those years, Levin was a primary contributor and project leader for the Vesta software configuration management system and for the Topaz multi-processor programming environment and its micro-kernel operating system. Before joining Digital, Levin was a researcher at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, where he was a principal developer and project co-leader of Cedar, an experimental programming environment for high-performance workstations. He was also a developer of Grapevine, a landmark electronic mail system.Levin received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977 and his B.S. in mathematics from Yale University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a former chair of Special Interest Group on Operating Systems. Levin is author or co-author of approximately 25 technical papers, books and patents.