Tim Krauskopf
Co-Founder, Spyglass

 
Tim Krauskopf has had, since 2002, several roles combining his interests in transportation and technology.  Round Lake Designs does technology consulting for transportation, Round Lake Freight was a small truck carrier Tim founded, and Freight Zone produced software for truckload freight management.
Mr. Krauskopf served as a Vice President at Motorola, managing several core product teams of the Internet Software and Content Group (ISCG), including messaging, games and entertainment content.  In addition, Mr. Krauskopf has held a variety of management and technical roles dealing with the Internet and high technology.  This includes startup companies Parlano, Inc., where he was a co-founder and CEO, and PCQuote.com, Inc. where he was President and Chief Operating Officer.  Previously, Mr. Krauskopf was Head of Information Services at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Mr. Krauskopf was also a co-founder, Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Research and Development for Spyglass, Inc.  He led technology planning and managed development for the Spyglass line of Internet technology products, including the forerunner to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Spyglass Mosaic.

Mr. Krauskopf has a BA degree in Integrated Science from Northwestern University, an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and a MM (MBA) degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. He was an inaugural fellow in the Henry Crown Fellowship program at the Aspen Institute.

Mr. Krauskopf’s non-profit affiliations include:
Northwestern University Board of Trustees
Aspen Institute Board of Trustees
Board of the Illinois Technology Development Alliance (a public/private collaboration created to strengthen the Illinois economy with hi-tech startups)
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision Board

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QHow did you come to be an Internet pioneer?

A I went to the University of Illinois in 1985 and worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). I worked on Internet networking software and then shifted over to imaging technologies. The VC thought that was going to be a huge market.

QAnd was it huge?

A The estimates for market size turned out to be wrong but we started a company called Spyglass right in the middle of it. We had the first set of desktop computer applications that could handle millions of data points, do graphs and images, and things like that. We got venture funding for that, which was pre-Internet and pre-web.

QWhat about your claim to fame - the NCSA's development of Mosaic, the first popular Internet browser?

A NCSA was giving it away and it was becoming very successful. They asked me to help them make it commercial - sell it to the outside world and make it something big.

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