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Alex Kipman: Changing everything but the principles

Published: 06 July 2011

ID: G00214807

Analyst(s): Dave Aron , Mary Mesaglio

Summary

Alex Kipman, general manager of incubation for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, has led three major innovations for the company, the latest of which is the Kinect for Xbox 360 platform, an entertainment experience that Kipman says, "makes technology disappear." He came to Microsoft fresh out of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State, with a degree in software engineering. Born in Brazil, Kipman is the primary inventor and holder of 60 patents, all issued since 2001. He is responsible for the design and development of disruptive Microsoft products that support his division's strategy and vision--Kinect and Xbox being two notable examples.

Table Of Contents

Master innovator

  • Background and achievements
  • Approach
  • Hard work and resilience: A winning combination

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