Raul Valdes-Perez co-founded the business software company Vivisimo in 2000 and led it as CEO and chairman through 2009, then became executive chairman until the acquisition by IBM in 2012. He was named a 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (North Central Region), top ten reader favorite for Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine, and twice a CEO of the year finalist by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Earlier, he was on the Carnegie Mellon computer science faculty. He received seven research grants from the National Science Foundation and published 50 journal articles and book chapters in computer, natural, and social science. Raul received a computer science PhD from Carnegie Mellon in 1991, where his advisor was the Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon.