CTO and founder, MontaVista Software
Called "arguably the one individual most responsible for establishing the embedded OS and tools market" by LinuxDevices.com and "an iconic figure within the IT industry" by SD Times, Jim Ready is the CTO and founder of MontaVista Software. As the co-founder of Ready Systems, he developed the world's first commercially viable real-time operating system (RTOS) product: the VRTX real-time kernel. Ready Systems, founded in 1980, merged with Microtec Research in 1993, went public in 1994, and was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 1995. During this period, Jim served as Ready Systems' President, and as chief technical officer (CTO) at Microtec/Mentor. Jim invented the category of embedded Linux commercialization in 1999 when he founded MontaVista Software to provide the Linux operating system to the embedded systems market, and to offer embedded-system expertise to the open source Linux community.