Avron Barr and
Shirley Tessler are the principals of Aldo Ventures, Inc. Our
experience in software technology and business allows us to competently
take on a range of projects for our clients.
Avron studied Computer Science at Stanford, edited the
four-volume Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, co-founded a
Silicon Valley startup in 1981, and later served as Marketing Director
for a CRM software publisher.
Shirley also has a Masters in Computer Science from
Stanford, as well as an MBA from Wharton. She spent 16 years in
commercial banking, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate Treasury
positions before joining Aldo Ventures in 1990.
Aldo Venucci (1971-1981), was in turn named after the
greatest criminal mind in the world, played by Peter Sellers in After
the Fox (MGM, 1966).
The Stanford Computer Industry Project
From 1994-99 Avron and Shirley directed a
study of the global software industry at Stanford University’s Graduate
School of Business. Our work was supported by a grant from the Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation. This six-year study systematically identified and
analyzed the issues that will shape the commercial use of software,
including piracy, patents, antitrust, project management, the Internet,
globalization, litigation, software quality, project failures, the
global talent supply, R&D-stage acquisition of software startups,
and national policies for promoting software entrepreneurism
and presentations on software industry topics are
available on this site.