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In this funny and engaging interview by Scott Kirsner, Steve Papa talks about self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship, the startup and eventual sale of Endeca, the role of leadership, and his advice to students about their future careers.

Steve Papa founded the enterprise software company Endeca in 1999 and was its CEO until it was Oracle’s 6th largest acquisition ever in 2011. Endeca pioneered Guided Navigation, one of the leading search innovations of the decade, and made it an industry standard online. Prior to Endeca, Steve was part of the original MIT team creating Akamai, a member of the early team at Inktomi in charge of creating the company’s infrastructure caching business, and spent time at Teradata and also at Venrock, the Rockefeller Family’s venture capital arm.

Scott Kirsner’s column, Innovation Economy, appears in the Globe every Sunday, and he also maintains a companion blog. Kirsner’s writing has also appeared in BusinessWeek, Variety, The New York Times, and other publications.

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Steve Papa

Steve Papa

Steve leads the senior management team in setting the company’s strategic direction and is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first customer deployment into broad commercialization and growth. Steve has been part of reimagining the technology landscape for over 20 years. As founder and CEO of Endeca, he reimagined the database to support faceted information ultimately leading to Oracle acquiring the company as its 6th largest acquisition ever when announced (reported at $1.1 billion).

He was part of the team creating Akamai that reimagined global Internet content distribution – now carrying peaks of 15 terabits/s of web traffic on any given day – and led the team at Inktomi that reimagined the network cache to create carrier class caching. Earlier he worked with AT&T Teradata where enterprise computing was reimagined with the first use of Intel processors for enterprise servers. He has a BS from Princeton University and MBA from Harvard Business School.