Carl Bass, the vision thing and a Berkeley wood shop

Five things you didn’t know about Carl Bass, Berkeley resident and chief executive of software giant Autodesk.

  • About a year after joining Autodesk, he was fired by head honcho Carol Bartz.
  • Five months later she brought him back into the fold.
  • He dropped out of college to build boats in Seattle for five years, then completed his degree.
  • He would like his company’s products to have the slickness of video games.
  • He fashions beds and baseball bats, and finds inspiration, in a Berkeley wood and metal shop.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: