Clemins steers fledgling dot-com
- By Bill Murray
- Apr 26, 2001
The career submariner who helped lead the Navy through the initial stages
of its shipboard systems modernization program is spending a lot of time
on airplanes and leading a technology company through its start-up phase.
Archie Clemins retired from the Navy in late 1999 following 33 years
of service including three years commanding the Pacific Fleet in Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii. The former four-star admiral pulled up stakes and moved
with his wife, Marilyn, to Boise, Idaho.
Having established the architecture for the Navy's Information Technology
for the 21st Century at Pacific Fleet, Clemins decided to work in technology
In August 2000, he became president and chief executive officer for
Seattle start-up company Bot.Net.
"To empower the user, Bot.Net will put trusted, intelligent servants
on every networked device," the company's flashy Web site states (www.bot.net). With a laugh, Clemins admitted that the site doesn't tell much about what the company does because it's just coming out with a beta
version of its software.
Bot.Net uses robots to perform Internet-based tasks. Clemins said he
has the customer relationship management, manufacturing and supply chain
management industries targeted as potential users.
Reached before he was about to board an airplane to San Diego, Clemins
said he spends a lot of time traveling, trying to reach his 2001 goal of
$2 million in revenue for Bot.Net. He visits his two employees in Seattle
every other week, and every six weeks, he pays a visit to Krakow, Poland,
where his company employs 55 software developers.
"There's no guarantees," Clemins said when asked about working for a