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First, Cybex Merged With Apex To Become Avocent

He created a multi-billion dollar market!

Huntsville, Alabama: We all know a little about famous geeks that went to the top – Bill Gates, Michael Dell, John Chambers (Cisco), Paul Allen (Microsoft and Charter), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google), Jerry Yang (Yahoo)... but Remigius Shatas? From where? Huntsville?

Why not? With the Internet and the mathematics of algorithms, you can create a billion dollar business anywhere.

Not too, too long ago Huntsville was a sleepy town of about just 20,000 people; but in the '60s, it was transformed into the space capital of the world and grew to over 200,000. These are the rocket kids of the '50s and '60s all grown up. And now, the city is being repositioned for a different kind of lift-off. Here is a platform for diversified and even revolutionary growth.

After hitting his first home run, we pick up the story to explore this man's quest to change the face of his cherished hometown... and the world.

Huntsville has become a hotbed for technology startups and there are dozens of people quietly investing in hundreds of businesses, providing everything from start-up capital to mezzanine funding.

They are often called angel investors. Remigius Shatas says, "My goal for Huntsville is that it becomes the most generous city in America." He wants everybody to invest in the good ideas of others!

But this story is all about wires, connections, security and control. It is not a glamorous story. There are no actors, no gurus, no big names. These are the people the general media ignores. With big souls, big brains, big hearts, and humble spirits, they are today's quiet heroes and pioneers. We have to watch carefully and reflect; these key ideas could easily go right over our heads ... here is the story of the America dream.

Within this episode of the show you meet people who reinvented the Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) industry. Also, since broadcast, Avocent was acquired by Emerson Network Power.