Barak Berkowitz, a veteran of Silicon Valley, has joined Wolfram Alpha, an intelligent search engine by Wolfram Research, a Champaign, Ill.-based company founded by scientist Stephen Wolfram. He joins as the managing director, a position that is roughly equivalent to the title of chief executive officer. Wolfram, who is English by birth, prefers the British corporate titles, it seems.
I ran into Berkowitz at an industry event earlier today and learned about his new gig. Berkowitz left as the chairman and CEO of Six Apart, San Francisco-based software startup, in September 2007. I first met Berkowitz in the late 1990s. He had just co-founded Omnisky, a wireless Internet access provider. I loved Omnisky and it was with that device that my obsession with the wireless Internet began. It’s good to see Berkowit back in action after a nearly three-year hiatus from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley.
Photo courtesy of a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/3120270963/”>Joi Ito via Flickr.