Joseph "Rod" Canion
Achievements: Canion was one of three Texas Instruments engineers-turned-entrepreneurs responsible for founding Compaq Computer. President of Compaq from 1982 to 1992, Canion took on the biggest computer giant of the day, IBM. He wanted to make a system that worked better and ran faster than the Osborne, the world's first portable computer. Compaq became a formidable opponent for IBM by making its computers compatible with IBM software, realizing that few developers would uniquely write software for an emerging start-up. By choosing to only sell its products through resellers, Compaq quickly became one of the fastest growing companies in America.
Today: Since leaving Compaq in 1991, Canion has been a chairman at Insource Technology, which he also founded, and Questia Media, where he led the initial investment round, as well as a director at the online media company Auditude. Currently he is a board member for the investment management company Invesco, online search engine ChaCha Search, and Houston-based solution provider Encore Health Resources.