Stephen Wong, chairman and chief executive officer of Embarcadero Technologies, prefers to be plainspoken in a field that often is filled with hype. Illustrative of this characteristic are some of Wong's candid responses to questions posed by DM Review. Concerning his experience, Wong concedes, "I've probably never held a job that I was qualified to do. When people have the desire, it's quite remarkable what they can achieve." As for his career choices, Wong has walked away from successful careers in other fields in pursuit of new challenges. When asked why Embarcadero is successful, Wong voiced his opinion, "While we've accomplished a good deal, we've still only scratched the surface of what is possible. Much work remains ahead if we are to realize our ambitions." Wong credits the company's good fortunes – founded in 1993, cash flow positive since 1994 – to a number of factors.

"If you attract good people and give them opportunities to stretch themselves, great things can happen," states Wong. "I'm an entrepreneurial manager who recognizes the need to take risks in order to deliver exceptional products and financial results. In taking risks, people can stumble and fall, but that's part of reaching difficult goals and developing perspective. When people come to Embarcadero, I want them to dare to do great work. It's my job to frame the overall risk taking so that the potential risks and rewards fit the company's goals and resources."

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