Before Groove, Ozzie worked at Lotus Development in the early 1980s, but left to start Iris Associates, which developed what became Lotus Notes after Lotus bought Iris in 1994. A year later, IBM bought Lotus, with an important part of the deal being that Ozzie stay on for the transition. Then IBM CEO Lou Gerstner personally visited Ozzie to convince him to stick around.
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