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Subject:  Re: Status check Date:  11/4/1999  2:06 PM
Author:  InvestForFuture Number:  112 of 129

EAI's problems are not routed within its very capable people, it is routed in it's very incapable Management team.

I left EAI last year before it's current stock troubles for personal reasons. My reasons did not have anything to do with a lack of confidence in the companies core competencies, or in the technology itself.

EAI's technical team is probably one of the best in the business. The level of expertise in Visualization Technologies the R&D team in Ames had was consistently blowing me away. Every time I traveled to Ames, I always learned something new from this team of very good people. They are honest, and they take large pride in their work.

Iowa State where EAI was incubated is one of the leading institutions for turning out very competent Visualization experts, and I have personally been to the Iowa State Visualization Lab and seen some of the work going on there. It is really impressive!

If you're looking for blame, place it clearly on the heads of the EAI management team. When I was at EAI, they couldn't allow their egos go, and admit they have no idea how to run a software company. The main management team is made up of Professors and their Students from the IA State graduate program. That is great if you're running a PHD program, but not so smart if you're running a business.

If I could run the world, the first thing I would do would be to totally restructure this team. Get some people who have successfully run large software companies before, and who have a purely management background. I would get the current management team back into the game of technology, and let them drive the development efforts, and let the corporate types run the business.

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