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Upside's Elite 100 Countdown Continues with 86 through 100

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86. Walter Mossberg, Columnist, Wall Street Journal
Masquerading as a friendly advice column for end users, Mossberg's weekly Personal Technology column is one of the first places product managers should look after launch to see if they'll still have a job the next morning.

87. Michael Stonebraker, Vice President and CTO, Informix Software Inc., and Professor, U.C. Berkeley Computer-Science professor
Stonebraker is the father of the relational-database industry; he recently gave Informix a new lease on life when it bought his latest startup, Illustra Information Technologies. Stonebraker's universal server (don't tell Oracle we called it that) stores and sorts multimedia content.

88. Paul Saffo, Director, Institute for the Future
A who's who list of business leaders makes regular pilgrimages to the institute's door seeking answers from this guru of new information technologies. But Saffo's feet are planted firmly on terra firma when he analyzes the impact of new products and technologies--not just on the business community, but on society as a whole.

89. Rob Glaser, CEO and founder, Progressive Networks Inc.
Glaser recognized the opportunity for then-untapped sound technologies on the Web, plastered the RealAudio name on any Web site and client worth its multimedia status, and captured the Internet sound market before competitors got a chance to put an ear in the door.

90. Brenda Laurel, Researcher, Interval Research Corp.
In the '70s, Laurel leaped from theater to computer-game design; today she's still taking intellectual leaps in her work on human-machine interface design, virtual reality and intelligent agents. Interval may be a money sink for Paul Allen, but Laurel does valuable work, consistently bringing a humanistic approach to virtual environments.

91. Eric Benhamou, Chairman, President and CEO, 3Com Corp.
The thorn in Cisco's paw, 3Com's soft-spoken leader has single-handedly kept 3Com in the networking game through savvy acquisitions, preventing his chief rival from developing a Microsoft/Intel-like monopolistic dominance.

92. Kevin Kelly, Executive Editor, Wired
We're still not sure who anointed Wired the official magazine of the digital revolution, but the loudest magazine of the '90s owes its inspiration to Kelly, a born-again Christian and hawker for Absolut Vodka. His far-flung ideas, many of which revolve around the increasingly biological nature of technology, are a Wired staple.

93. Pam Alexander, President and Founder, Alexander Communications Inc.
Alexander is not an object at rest. Her almost-frantic pace has allowed her to dodge highly padded corporate PR accounts for a vibrant group of small emerging clients. Plus, Alexander channels that hustle into actual account work, rather than just snatching accounts for her minions to execute.

94. Les Alberthal, President and CEO, Electronic Data Systems Corp.
Want to run an airline but recoil in horror at the thought of installing and maintaining a reservations system? Call EDS. Alberthal freed EDS from its General Motors prison and pushed its one-stop-shopping approach to the leading edge of information system services.

95. Michael Slater, Publisher, Microprocessor Report
When Slater speaks, the microprocessor world listens. An engineer with real opinions and knowledgeable sources, Slater is the most well-respected technical analyst in semiconductors, although his newsletter did start that rumor about downloadable microcode in Intel chips.

96. Andrew Klein, Founder and President, Wit Capital Corp.
Klein brewed up a storm when he put his Spring Street Brewing Co. prospectus on the Net. Now he's started Wit Capital to help companies do direct Internet IPOs and bypass brokers' fees--an idea that tastes great but is less filling. All he's missing is the end product.

97. Stewart Brand, Cofounder, Global Business Network
Brand, who started the Whole Earth Catalog, brings black turtlenecks and berets to Net consulting. His high-tech consulting troupe--count in Esther Dyson, Doug Carlston and Danny Hillis--tosses around big ideas on sponsor-selected topics. Brand continues to anticipate society's acceptance of technology.

98. Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, Dell Computer Corp.
After a nasty bout of retail sickness, a healthier, more mature Dell (the company) has emerged along with a happier, more mature Dell (the CEO). The company has moved back to its direct-mail roots and is once again at the top of the PC business.

99. Allee Willis, Partner, Willisville
And you thought the " Friends" theme song was catchy; wait until a more recent Willis creation hits the Net. Her on-line community, Willisville, is anticipated to take the yawn out of multimedia. Willisville has already caught the eye of Intel, which may or may not be backing it.

100. Brewster Kahle, President,Internet Archives
The Internet of today may be chock-full of useless bits, but to archeologists of the future it will provide a wealth of information, thanks to Kahle, another Thinking Machines alum and an early developer of Internet publishing technology. It's a messy job, but somebody's got to do it.

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