From 1987 through 1998, Joe Costello led Cadence Design Systems to be the number one company in the Electronic Design Automation market (chip design software). He grew the company from $10M in revenue to nearly $1B, which made it one of the ten largest software companies in the world. In 1997, Chief Executive Magazine named Costello the top-performing CEO of all publicly traded companies in North America. During this time, he also served on the boards of public companies including Oracle, Macromedia (Adobe), and Mercury Interactive.
After Cadence, Costello served as a board member and advisor for dozens of early technology companies and stepped in as CEO at several of them. He currently serves as Chairman of three companies: Metrics Design Automation, Kwikbit, and Arrikto.
Costello holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and physics from Harvey Mudd College, a Master of Science degree in physics from Yale University, and a Master of Arts degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.