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Groove Networks, Inc.

Groove Networks, Inc.

100 Cummings Center
Suite 535Q
Beverly, MA 01915
Ph: 978-720-2000
Fx: 978-720-2001

Groove Networks, Inc. is a software company based in Beverly, Mass., that offers products and services that provide businesses and individuals a platform for rich, private, and instant interpersonal communication via the Internet. The company has developed an an innovative software communications transceiver, and a variety of activity-tailored tools that enable spontaneous or extended collaborative activity among individuals in groups ranging from two to many. For individuals, Groove enables direct person-to-person multimedia communications related to projects, meetings, events, and relationships. For businesses, Groove's peer-to-peer and peer-to-Web solutions provide secure, online working relationships with key customers and partners, enabling individuals to respond in real time to critical incidents and opportunities, and reduce time-to-decision and time-to-resolution. With Groove, businesses and individuals can bring together the right people, the right information, and the right tools, at the right time.

Groove is Internet communications software that allows people with shared interests to make direct connections for real-time interaction. Groove moves beyond the World Wide Web paradigm, leveraging the two-way capabilities of the Internet to provide a peer computing platform for use by individuals and small groups, in both a business and personal context. Groove for business. Groove is a platform for building peer computing business applications that allow the enterprise to connect instantly with partners and customers and get real work done in a secure and immediate interactive environment. Groove for individuals. Groove allows you to work, play, or just hand out with the people who matter to you most. Talk, share files and photos, browse the Web, and manage projects together in real time, or in different places at different times.

Ray Ozzie Ray Ozzie, CEO, Founder and Chairman
Ray Ozzie founded Groove Networks in October 1997. Ray was a founder and president of Iris Associates, where he created and led the development of Lotus Notes, the defining groupware product used by more than 60 million people worldwide.

Prior to Iris, Ray was instrumental in the development of Lotus Symphony and Software Arts' TK!Solver and VisiCalc, and did early distributed operating systems development at Data General Corp.

Ray earned a bachelor's degree in computer science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1979, where he was first exposed to the nature and significance of collaborative systems and computer-supported cooperative work while working on the university's seminal PLATO project. This work significantly influenced his perspective on collaborative systems and the projects he has undertaken throughout his career.

Honored as one of seven "Windows Pioneers" by Microsoft, Ray was named "Person of the Year" in 1995 by PC Magazine, and was cited as one of the "top five developers of the century" in an online poll conducted by Computer Reseller News. He has also been inducted into the Computer Reseller News/Computer Museum Industry Hall of Fame, and has served as a member of the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.


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