This week on SuccessToday, Sig Hutchinson
interviews Dave Rizzo, the new president and chief executive officer of MCNC.

In the show, Hutchinson talks to Rizzo, about “The Secret World of the MCNC.” This includes conversations on supercomputers, optical networks and the proposed high-speed “BioGrid” network. The show is 23 minutes long.

“Whereas most of us have heard of the organization, many have asked, ‘What is it they really do?'” Hutchinson says of the MCNC. “Dave Rizzo, president and CEO since June of this year, is a veteran to the world of technology, entrepreneurship, as well as a real player in the political landscape.”

Rizzo, who also is chairman of the North Carolina Electronics and
Information Technologies Association, replaced William Moore, who had served as interim president since January. This past March, Rizzo sold Charlotte-based Osprey Systems, the applications integration firm he had founded in 1993, to an India-based company. The move left the 44-year-old entrepreneur and former IBM manager out of a job for the first time in more than two decades, until Moore recruited Rizzo to fill his post at the MCNC.

“I have a strong interest in economic development in the state, and seeing our state migrate its employee base from what it has been historically to more of a technology-based economy,” Rizzo says in this week’s show. “At MCNC, I found all three things that I like. I found a mission that was focused on economic development in North Carolina. I found great technology and service being provided. And MCNC has formed some venture capital funds that allow us to actually invest in some of that technology, and create new companies. Nowhere else in North Carolina could I find all of those things in one place.”

MCNC is a nonprofit research and advanced computing/networking facility that offers access to advanced electronic and information technologies and services for businesses, state and federal government agencies and education communities. MCNC is comprised of a research and economic development division and a high performance computing and communications division.

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