Forbes highlights the founder of UiPath, the leader in the emerging bot automation landgrab. After generating only $5m of bookings two years ago, UiPath expects to generate $300m this year. Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui bank group estimates these bots will have saved the company $500m in opex in its first 3 years as a customer.
Whichever Dines you believe, programming launched him out of Romania. The son of a teacher and a civil engineer who met after both were relocated by the government of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu to a new chemical factory town, Dines grew up behind the Iron Curtain wanting to be an author, only to discover he was far better at math. He started college in 1990, a year after the Berlin Wall fell and Ceausescu’s regime ended in front of a firing squad. Bored with impersonal lectures, Dines skipped all but some math and computer science classes to play competitive bridge. He supported himself as a post-Communist arbitrager of Romania’s inflationary currency, buying goods when they were cheaper in Bucharest and sending them home with a markup.