Spot founder Amiram Shachar's professors weren't impressed by his idea for cheaper cloud computing, but it's now central to NetApp.

One Friday evening in early March, Amiram Shachar, CEO and founder of startup Spot, received a phone call from a senior NetApp executive: "What do you say, maybe we should start talking about your acquisition?" said NetApp VP Anthony Lee. It’s hard to say that Shachar was surprised. The two had formed a bond a few months earlier, and Shachar recounts that he emerged bright-eyed from their initial meeting: "I believed their story. They’ve made an amazing transition over the last five years."


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