Steve Bourne

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer of Icon, Steve Bourne actively consults with Icon’s portfolio companies and advises the firm on new investment opportunities.

Steve is internationally known for his work on the UNIX operating system. While at Bell Laboratories, Steve designed the UNIX Command Language – commonly called the “Bourne Shell” – that is widely used in scripting in the UNIX programming environment. In 1983, Steve published The UNIX System, which is recognized as the seminal text for effective use of UNIX.

Steve previously served as CTO of El Dorado Ventures and also served in senior management positions at Cisco Systems, where he was director of engineering for enterprise network management; Sun Microsystems, where he launched the Sun SPARCenter 2000 group; Digital Equipment Corp., where he helped to develop DEC’s first RISC-based workstation; and Silicon Graphics, where he was one of the company’s first employees and served in senior engineering roles.

From 2000 to 2002 Steve was President of the Association for Computing Machinery and currently serves as the chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for ACM Queue, a magazine he helped found.  Additionally, Steve is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King’s College London, as well as a Master’s degree in computer science and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Trinity College in Cambridge, England

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