Achievements: Ray Ozzie changed the way people thought of computer connectivity with his Lotus Notes software. Notes set the standard for the concept of groupware and helped PC users see the value of connecting with others through their PCs. With his industry-shifting software, Ozzie is credited by some as having paved the way for the internet.
Today: IBM bought-out Lotus in 1995 and two years later Ozzie left to form Groove Networks, a Beverly, Mass.-based software company specializing in productivity software. In 2005, Microsoft purchased Groove Networks and integrated the technology into its SharePoint software -- and named Ozzie CTO of Microsoft, where he later became Chief Software Architect de facto. In 2010 Ozzie stepped down from Microsoft, and earlier this year announced his new venture, Cocomo, focused on communication products for social interactions.