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Dr. James H. Clark (born 1944) is a prolific entrepreneur and former computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO and Healtheon. His research work in computer graphics led to the development of systems for fast rendering of computer images. He is also a devoted sailor, owner of high-tech sailboats that he has helped to design. For the computer game previously called Entrepreneur, see The Corporate Machine. ... A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. ... Current Silicon Graphics logo. ... Netscape Communications Corporation was the publisher of the Netscape Navigator web browser as well as many other internet and intranet client and server software products. ... Healtheon was a dot-com startup company, created in Silicon Valley by Dr. James H. Clark, one of the most prolific entrepreneurs of all time. ... Computer graphics is a sub-field of computer science and is concerned with digitally synthesizing and manipulating visual content. ... Three types of sailor are seen here in the wheelhouse: a master, an able seaman, and a harbour pilot. ... Diagram of Sailboat, in this case a typical monohull sloop with a bermuda or marconi rig. ...

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Biography

Clark was born in Plainview, Texas and endured a difficult childhood. He dropped out of high school after being suspended, and spent four years in the Navy. Clark began taking night courses at Tulane University's University College, where despite his lack of a high school diploma, he was able to earn enough credits to be admitted to the University of New Orleans. There, Clark earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in physics, and then a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah in 1974. Clark served as an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1974 to 1978, and then as an associate professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University from 1979 to 1982. Plainview is a city located in Hale County, Texas. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The University of New Orleans, often called UNO, is a medium sized public urban university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... A bachelors degree (Artium Baccalaureus, A.B. or B.A.) is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate (or graduate) course of one to three years in duration. ... Physics (Greek: (phúsis), nature and (phusiké), knowledge of nature) is the science concerned with the fundamental laws of the universe. ... PhD usually refers to the academic title Doctor of Philosophy PhD can also refer to the manga Phantasy Degree This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU) is a public university in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The University of California, Santa Cruz, also known as UCSC or UC Santa Cruz, is one of the ten campuses of the University of California. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. ...


Clark's research work concerned geometry pipelines, specialized software or hardware that accelerates the display of three dimensional images. The zenith of his group's advancements was the Geometry Engine, an early technology for rendering highly graphical computer images he developed in 1979 with his students at Stanford. Geometry Pipelines, also called Geometry Engines(GE) are the first stage in a classical Graphics Pipeline, such as the Reality Engine. ... Geometry Pipelines, also called Geometry Engines(GE) are the first stage in a classical Graphics Pipeline, such as the Reality Engine. ...


In 1982, Jim Clark and Abbey Silverstone along with several Stanford graduate students formed Silicon Graphics, Inc. The earliest Silicon Graphics graphical workstations were mainly terminals, but soon newer models were stand-alone graphical UNIX workstations with very fast graphics rendering hardware. The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. ... Current Silicon Graphics logo. ... Sun SPARCstation 1+, 25mhz RISC processor from early 1990s A workstation, such as a Unix workstation, RISC workstation or engineering workstation, is a high-end desktop or deskside microcomputer designed for technical applications. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ...


During the mid-1980s, Silicon Graphics bought chipmaker MIPS, Inc. and used the MIPS CPU as the foundation of their newest workstations, replacing the Motorola 68000. Soon, Silicon Graphics became the world leader in the production of Hollywood movie visual effects and 3-D imaging. Silicon Graphics did not rely on high sales as they could charge more for their special high-end hardware and special graphics software. Integrated circuit showing memory blocks, logic and input/output pads around the periphery Microchips with a transparent window showing the integrated circuit inside. ... A MIPS R4400 microprocessor made by Toshiba. ... Die of an Intel 80486DX2 microprocessor (actual size: 12×6. ... The Motorola 68000 is a 32-bit CISC microprocessor from Motorola. ... ...


However, by the early 1990s, Clark had a falling out with Silicon Graphics management and got the itch to start a completely new and different enterprise. In 1994, Clark and Marc Andreessen, the co-creator of the World Wide Web browser Mosaic, founded Netscape. The founding of Netscape was a pivotal point that helped launch the Internet IPO boom on Wall Street during the mid to late 1990s, and Clark reaped the financial benefits of the Internet boom. Just as the Internet boom was about to completely bust, Clark got the urge to move on again. Plaque commemorating the creation of Mosaic web browser by Bina and Andreessen, new NCSA building, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ... WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web (or the Web) is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents that runs over the Internet. ... Mosaic was the first popular World Wide Web browser and Gopher client. ... Netscape Communications Corporation was the publisher of the Netscape Navigator web browser as well as many other internet and intranet client and server software products. ... An initial public offering (IPO) is the first sale of a corporations common shares to public investors. ... Elaborate marble facade of NYSE as seen from the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ...


In 1998, Jim Clark came up with the idea of streamlining the insurance hassles and paperwork associated with the healthcare industry. He came up with the idea of a company that would help make access to more efficient healthcare easier. Although his original idea was a bit too ambitious, it did lead some inroads in administrative streamlining of medical records technology, but an Atlanta, Georgia startup company, WebMD, was already making inroads toward the same goal. Knowing that WebMD had financial backing from Microsoft, Clark decided to merge his newest startup, Healtheon, with the original WebMD to form the current WebMD Corporation. WebMD also provides a vast resource of online, reliable health information on the Internet. Hotlanta redirects here. ... WebMD is a American dot com company that offers a health care information portal for physicians and consumers along with a variety of software products and services related to the health care field. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ...


In 1999, Jim Clark launched myCFO - a company formed to help wealthy Silicon Valley individuals manage their fortunes. While Jim Clark served on the Board of Directors most of myCFO's operations were sold to Harris Bank in late 2002 and now the successor operates as Harris myCFO or Harris/myCFO. A March 2007 Wall Street Journal Article confirmed that myCFO has recently been subject to scrutiny regarding disallowed tax shelters WSJ. In relation to a company, a director is an officer of the company charged with the conduct and management of its affairs. ...


Clark was chairman and financial backer of network security startup company Neoteris, founded in 2000, which was acquired by NetScreen in 2003 and subsequently by Juniper Networks. Juniper Networks NASDAQ: JNPR is a telecommunications equipment company. ...


Clark was a director and investor in biotechnology company DNA Sciences, founded in 1998, which went bankrupt and was acquired by Genaissance Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 2003.


In the Fall of 2005 Clark, along with David Filo of Yahoo!, each donated $30 million to Tulane University's School of Engineering for merit based scholarships to provide education to deserving students regardless of financial situation in the discipline of engineering. However, after Tulane's restructuring that saw the elimination of nearly all engineering disciplines, the board coerced Clark and Filo into allowing the funds to be used for other programs. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Yahoo! Inc. ...


Jim Clark was the main subject of the 1999 bestseller The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by US author Michael Lewis. ISBN 0-340-76699-9 Michael Lewis (born 1960, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American contemporary non-fiction author. ...


Clark is the father-in-law of Chad Hurley, cofounder of YouTube.[1] Chad Hurley announces the Google acqusition of YouTube Chad Hurley is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the popular San Mateo, California-based video sharing website YouTube, one of the biggest providers of videos on the Internet. ... YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ...


Business

The current companies that Jim Clark is involved with:

  • Chairman of Shutterfly (resigned effective January 1, 2007 - resignation letter attached to SEC Form 8-K)[2]
  • On the Board for MyCFO.com

Shutterfly, Inc. ...

Hobbies

  • Hyperion, 47.5m sloop rigged sailing yacht with 59m carbon fibre mast.
  • Athena, 90m classic 3-masted gaff aluminium schooner.

Notes

  1. ^ Cloud, John. "The YouTube Gurus." TIME, 16 December 2006.
  2. ^ http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1125920/000095014907000002/f26239exv99w01.htm

Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ... -1...

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