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Andrew J. Filipowski Edit Profile

also known as Flip

entrepreneur , philanthropist , Chief Executive Officer SilkRoad technology , world renown speaker

InterAct Executive Chairman, Andrew "Flip" Filipowski, is one of the world’s most successful high-tech entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and industry visionaries.


CEO, COO of Cullinet, the largest software company of the 80's and founder and CEO of Platinum technology, inc., 8th largest global software company at time of sale to CA for 4 billion dollars. Upside Magazine's Top 100 most influential people in Information Technology, winner of both the E&Y and the Merril Lynch Entrepreneur of the year award. Winner of ADL's Torch of Liberty award.

Recipient of the YPO Legacy Award. Each year, one-third of the chapters honor ONE member who personifies and defines YPO's legacy for the next generation" Proud koi owner of Rose Princess Kohaku - winner of the 80-bu Kokugyo prize in the 2006 All Japan Combined Show & Taisho Sanshoku - Grand Champion at the ZNA Southern California Show.

Specialties:Startups, Entrepreneurship, global distribution, financing, M&A, restructuring, brand management, positioning, IPO, convertible debt, LBO, technology, vision


Activities and Societies: National Honor Society, Debate Team, Theatre, Wrestling, Rifle Team, Football, Crew, Tennis, Baseball

Activities and Societies: Debate, theatre. Attended the YPO sponsored MBA program


Andrew J. "Flip" Filipowski is a Polish American technology entrepreneur born in 1950 in Chicago. He is currently the Executive Chairman and CEO of SilkRoad Equity, a private investment firm, and founded Platinum Technology in 1985. He founded or co-founded Blue Rhino Corporation, Primo Water, SilkRoad technology Inc., DBMS Inc., the House of Blues, SolidSpace Inc., onramp Branding, MissionMode and InterAct 911. Platinum technology was sold to Computer Associates in 1999 for $3.5 billion, a record at the time for a software company. Filipowski's personal proceeds from the deal were $290 million.

Filipowski founded or served in an executive capacity in a number of companies including divine, inc., DBMS, Inc. and Cullinet Corp; he also served in various managerial and technical positions with A.B. Dick, Motorola and Time, Inc.

Throughout the course of his career, Filipowski, along with his management team, has acquired and integrated nearly 200 public and private companies.

Filipowski was the 1998 recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award, first for the Silicon Prairie (Chicago), for his support in fighting hate on the Internet .

In 2000, he was named one of the 100 most influential individuals in the technology field in Upside magazine’s 2000 Upside Elite 100 list.


  • Young Presidents' Organization

  • YEO

  • WPO

  • Rotary

  • Amnesty International

  • American Humanist Association

  • National Rifle Association

  • PETA

  • Sierra Club

  • World Wildlife Association,

  • Center for Inquiry

  • National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

  • Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

  • Morical Society

  • Deacon Club

  • St John's Nortwestern Military Academy

  • American Civil Liberties Union


  • Writers

    Mark Twain, Walter Mosley, Edward O. Wilson, Jared Diamond, Thomas Friedman, Thomas Harris, Richard Dawkins, Seth Godin

  • Artists

    Edward Curtis, Hajime Sorayama

  • Sport & Clubs

    skiing, racing, sports memorabilia, baseball, basketball, football,

  • Other Interests

    Investing, realestate, fishing, cars, collecting, art, drama, theatre, movies, computers, CGI graphics, sculpture, painting, photography, beach, walks, hiking, travel, Europe, Asia, India, Africa, Safari, peace, separation of church and state, socialbiology, stem cell research & therapy, genetics, history, human migration, y chromosomes, Genghis Khan, guns germs & steel, competition, entrepreneurship, capitalism, globalization, secularism, diversity, unity through diversity, economic development, venture capital, ecotourism, ecoinvesting, libetarian perspectives, alternative energy, fuel cells, music, urban, chrome hearts, king baby, Kachina Dolls, koi, Arabian Horses, Hopi Indian Culture.

  • Music & Bands

    blues, rock & roll, classical music