[Aug 2] Event: Disruptive Innovation: Data Domain Experience


Ever since Clayton Christensen coined the terms “disruptive technologies” and “disruptive innovations” in 1990s, researchers and entrepreneurs love the word “disruptive” because disrupting current knowledge or products help us accelerate knowledge discoveries and moving the society into a new era.  What are disruptive innovations?  How do they happen?  To answer such questions, in this talk, I will share my experience from co-founding Data Domain, Inc. which built deduplication storage ecosystems to replace tape library infrastructure in data centers. Data Domain product line has exceeded 60% of its market for the past decade with gross margins between 73-84%.

Kai Li is a Paul M. Wythes '55, P'86, and Marcia R. Wythes P'86 Professor at Princeton University, where he worked as a faculty member since 1986. Before joining Princeton University, he received his Ph.D. degree from Yale University. His research expertise is in building parallel and distributed systems, deduplication storage systems, and data analysis and search for large datasets. He co-founded Data Domain, Inc., in 2001, serving in roles as the initial CEO, CTO, and Chief Scientist. He is a Fellow of the ACM, and a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Centre for Entrepreneurship


12:30 - 13:00 Presentation of Data Domain Experience 

13:00 - 13:30 Discussion 

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