Interview: Philippe Courtot, CEO of Qualys

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Interview: Philippe Courtot, CEO of Qualys

The Qualys CEO firmly believes the internet has taken over from software -which is why Bill Gates is in trouble. Philippe Courtot, without any obvious irony, describes himself as a "child of the internet". Unusual for a chief executive but, as this interview progresses, it becomes clear that the 61-year-old sees himself as a most unusual CEO. He is referring to his time spent at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, where he witnessed the birth of the web under the aegis of Tim Berners-Lee.

"I really understood, deep down, how it would transform our lives for the better," he says. And his bank balance. Since that time Courtot, a physicist who studied in Paris, has started and sold a number of successful high-tech businesses. But it wasn't until the turn of the century ...

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