David vs. Goliath: did three software dudes keep the Evil Empire in check?
The settlement of the Microsoft anti-trust case in 2002 was to be monitored by a team of three computer guys rather than lawyers and judges. Eight years later and the oversight has ended. Did it accomplish anything worthwhile? Was this a good way to enforce a legal decree? Are consumers better off as a result? Is Google next?
Dr. Harry J. Saal was chosen by the Department of Justice to lead the the Technical Committee charged with monitoring and enforcing the Microsoft Antitrust case. Dr. Saal also serves as Director for several other public and private high technology firms including Borland International, Inc. and Globalnet Systems. He is the Chairman of the Board of Personal Computer Products, Inc. and AssureNet Pathways, Inc.
Additionally, Dr. Saal serves on the Boards of the Saal Family Foundation and the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County and is the Vice Chairman of the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley Chapter. He was the founder of Network General Corporation and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception in May 1986 until June 1993. Dr. Saal was also Network General Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer from May 1986 until November 1987. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Smart Valley, Inc. and served as its President from September 1993 until December 1995. Ernst & Young named Dr. Saal 1990’s Bay Area software entrepreneur of the year. He is active in philanthropy and community affairs.