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Julia Austin

Julia Austin

Julia was the VP of Innovation at VMware and focused on advancing VMware into new technology and product areas. This includes internal programs to foster and fund new innovations and the VMware Academic Program (VMAP) which sponsors collaborative research and thought leadership with academic partners. She was also the Site Director for the VMware Cambridge research lab. Julia has over 20 years of extensive experience managing technology teams in both mature and start-up organizations. Prior to VMware, Julia was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other organizations. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.

Women in Technology – Success Redefined

 What a great way to spend a Saturday by being inspired by some of today’s top female leaders of our industry and meeting many young women aspiring to be the next generation of leaders!  The Women’s Student Associationat Harvard Business School invited me to participate on the Technology panel at the event.  Not only was […]

Innovation in 2013

In an industry where new technology seems to leapfrog what was just new only a moment ago, it is critical for software companies to think strategically about their innovation programs.  VMware has maintained its culture of innovation throughout its history and we plan on continuing our track record of introducing game-changing technology solutions to the […]

Open Innovation Fling Contest Winner Announced!

Back  in August at VMworld I announced that VMware is taking a new approach to driving innovation by launching our very first Open Innovation Contest. We asked our community to send us their best Fling ideas, and the contest winner will have their Fling built by VMware engineers. The winner also gets a free pass to VMworld 2013.  The contest ran […]

The VMware Experience at the Grace Hopper Celebration

A group of women from VMware recently attended the Grace Hopper Celebration in Baltimore.  This is an important event that brings together technical women for several days to discuss technology trends, get career support and learn from thought leaders.  While I was not able to attend this year’s event, I had a chance to catch up with […]

Innovation at VMworld 2012

As I look back on VMworld in San Francisco, I can’t stop thinking about how the theme of Innovation permeated throughout the conference this year!  Things got rolling when Steve Herrod showed demos of new product and feature ideas we’re working on during his Day One keynote.  Following Steve’s keynote, I had the pleasure of […]

An Educated View of Innovation – VMware’s Academic Program

VMware has a unique offering to the academic community called the VMware Academic Program or VMAP.  We started the program in 2005 in response to a growing interest from academics to do virtualization research and instruction.   VMware’s roots in academia (we started at Stanford University) compelled us to do much more than sponsored research and […]

Key Messages From The World Innovation Forum, NY 2012

I recently attended the World Innovation Forum in NYC (#WIFNY) – and thanks to WOBI who runs this event, there was a great line-up of amazing innovation thought leaders addressing how companies are staying competitive by increasing their innovation edge.  There was so much greatness to soak in!  I’d like to share some of the key messages […]

Turning an Idea into Reality

At VMware’s recent internal R&D Innovation offsite, I had the pleasure of sharing this video with the attendees. It is a terrific selection of stories about products and features that got their start at this annual event. The stories not only demonstrate that VMware has a track record of turning great ideas into real solutions […]

Honeybees and Discovering the Next Big Thing

I had an amazing experience recently helping a friend set up a beehive on her property.  Throughout the process, I was taken with the intricate details of how a hive functions and the role of each bee and their CEO, the queen.  I wondered how much of their elaborate system of egg nurturing to honey-making […]

Staying on the Edge

Something I have always appreciated about working at VMware is the constant stream of innovation.  I will always remember my job interview here seven years ago and how amazed I was at the number of opportunities there seemed to be to innovate, both in and around the products.  And those products were simple back then.  […]