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Philippe Kahn
Philippe Kahn Working on the first camera-phones

Philippe Kahn (born March 16, 1952)[1] is an American technology innovator and entrepreneur, French-born, known as the founder of Borland, a producer of software development tools for as well as Starfish Software, the creator of the first wireless synchronization solutions and LightSurf Technologies the developer of the first camera phone infrastructure. Kahn created the first complete camera phone[2] system in 1997. He is currently the CEO of Fullpower Technologies, a company which provides solutions converging life sciences, wireless technology, nanotechnology and MEMS. Image File history File links Philippe_Kahn. ... Image File history File links Philippe_Kahn. ... Image File history File links PK_earlyCphone. ... Image File history File links PK_earlyCphone. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Borland Software Corporation is a software company headquartered in Austin, Texas. ... A programming tool is a program or application that software developers use to create, debug, or maintain other programs and applications. ... Starfish was founded in 1994 by Philippe Kahn and Sonia Lee. ... Philippe Kahn and Sonia-Lee founded LightSurf in 1998. ... Instantly sharing media A Sony Ericsson K750 camera phone in use Philippe Kahn Working on and early camera-phone A camera phone is a mobile phone which has a camera built-in and is coupled with a server-based infrastructure that allows the user to share pictures and video with... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Fullpower will be a company focused on the convergence of life sciences, wireless technology, nanotechnology and MEMS. It was founded in 2003 by Philippe Kahn, inventor of the camera phone[1], and Sonia Lee. ... Buckminsterfullerene C60, also known as the buckyball, is the simplest of the carbon structures known as fullerenes. ... A mite next to a gear set produced using MEMS. Courtesy Sandia National Laboratories, SUMMiTTM Technologies, www. ...

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Education and early days

Kahn was educated at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute), and University of Nice, France. Kahn received a masters in mathematics. He also studied musicology and classical flute at the Zurich Music Conservatory in Switzerland.[3] The ETH Zurich, often called Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is a science and technology university in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. ... The University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (French Université Nice Sophia Antipolis) is a university located in Nice, France. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... Musicology is reasoned discourse concerning music (Greek: μουσικη = music and λογος = word or reason). In other words: the whole body of systematized knowledge about music which results from the application of a scientific method of investigation or research, or of philosophical speculation and rational systematization to the facts, the processes and the...


In 1973, as a student, Kahn developed the software for the MICRAL, the earliest non-kit personal computer based on a microprocessor. The MICRAL was marketed for vertical applications, and is now credited by The Computer Museum as the first ever personal computer.[4] Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... MICRAL The Micral was the earliest commercial, non-kit personal computer based on a micro-processor, the Intel 8008. ... A microprocessor is a programmable digital electronic component that incorporates the functions of a central processing unit (CPU) on a single semiconducting integrated circuit (IC). ... MICRAL The Micral was the earliest commercial, non-kit personal computer based on a micro-processor, the Intel 8008. ...


Kahn is married to Sonia Lee, who co-founded LightSurf and Fullpower Technologies. They raise four children. Together, they run an environmental charity, the Lee-Kahn Foundation. Kahn is known for his passion for classical music and he plays the flute semi-professionally. Furthermore he is very competitive in sailboat racing and leads his sailing team Pegasus Racing. He supports freedom of speech. Sonia Lee Kahn (born April 12th, 1960) is a Korean-born entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Fullpower Technologies and a pioneer in the wireless industry. ... Philippe Kahn and Sonia-Lee founded LightSurf in 1998 shortly after Kahns invention of the Camera Phone[1] in 1997. ... Fullpower will be a company focused on the convergence of life sciences, wireless technology, nanotechnology and MEMS. It was founded in 2003 by Philippe Kahn, inventor of the camera phone[1], and Sonia Lee. ... The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... Inshore yacht racing on Sydney Harbour, Australia Yacht racing is the sport of competitive sailing. ... Freedom of speech is the concept of being able to speak freely without censorship. ...


Business

Kahn has founded four software companies: Borland, Starfish Software (acquired by Motorola in 1998), LightSurf Technologies (acquired by VeriSign in 2005), and recently Fullpower Technologies, founded in 2003. Borland Software Corporation is a software company headquartered in Austin, Texas. ... Starfish was founded in 1994 by Philippe Kahn and Sonia Lee. ... Motorola Inc. ... Philippe Kahn and Sonia-Lee founded LightSurf in 1998. ... VeriSign, Inc. ... Fullpower will be a company focused on the convergence of life sciences, wireless technology, nanotechnology and MEMS. It was founded in 2003 by Philippe Kahn, inventor of the camera phone[1], and Sonia Lee. ...


Fullpower Technologies (2003-Present)

Fullpower is not yet public, focused on the convergence of life sciences and wireless. The Fullpower website discusses diabetes, heart disease, mobile health, and MEMS technology. Fullpower will be a company focused on the convergence of life sciences, wireless technology, nanotechnology and MEMS. It was founded in 2003 by Philippe Kahn, inventor of the camera phone[1], and Sonia Lee. ... Fullpower will be a company focused on the convergence of life sciences, wireless technology, nanotechnology and MEMS. It was founded in 2003 by Philippe Kahn, inventor of the camera phone[1], and Sonia Lee. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


LightSurf Technologies (1997-2005)

Kahn is credited with the creation in 1997 of the camera phone,[citation needed] which was the founding vision of LightSurf. In a recent Associated Press article, Kahn discusses the impact of the camera phone today.[5] The impetus for this invention was the birth of Kahn's child, Sophie. He was so excited and wanted to show off pictures so he jerry-rigged a cell phone with a digital camera and sent off photos in real time. In a recent NPR interview, Kahn discusses the social impact of the camera phone.[6] In a recent article with Slate.com, Kahn discusses the invention of the camera phone and its uses today.[6] LightSurf built the first end-to-end solution for picture messaging. LightSurf technology powers the offerings of Sprint, Verizon and many other leading carriers in the world. LightSurf is now owned by VeriSign, who acquired the company in 2005 for $315 million as it was filing its IPO. The camera phone is arguably one of the most successful consumer electronic devices of all time with more than 1 billion projected to be sold worldwide in 2008. Work on the camera phone infrastructure started in 1997. In Japan J-phone used the blueprint architecture set forward by Kahn and his team. The first handset was made by Sharp Electronics and the whole system complete with picture-sharing was made public in 1999 with excellent commercial success by 2001. In the North American market, Sprint and Verizon partnered with LightSurf. However Sprint was the first to deploy a commercial system in 2002. The Sprint system, designed, developed and managed by LightSurf, was a combination of ASP/MSP solutions. The first US camera phone was the Sanyo 8100 running on the Sprint infrastructure with the LightSurf Picture-Mail system. Philippe Kahn and Sonia-Lee founded LightSurf in 1998. ... Instantly sharing media A Sony Ericsson K750 camera phone in use Philippe Kahn Working on and early camera-phone A camera phone is a mobile phone which has a camera built-in and is coupled with a server-based infrastructure that allows the user to share pictures and video with... Philippe Kahn and Sonia-Lee founded LightSurf in 1998. ... Philippe Kahn and Sonia-Lee founded LightSurf in 1998. ... Philippe Kahn and Sonia-Lee founded LightSurf in 1998. ... Philippe Kahn and Sonia-Lee founded LightSurf in 1998. ... VeriSign, Inc. ... Instantly sharing media A Sony Ericsson K750 camera phone in use Philippe Kahn Working on and early camera-phone A camera phone is a mobile phone which has a camera built-in and is coupled with a server-based infrastructure that allows the user to share pictures and video with...


Starfish Software (1994-1998)

Starfish Software was founded in 1994 by Philippe Kahn and Sonia Lee. The founding vision of Starfish was "global synchronization and integration of wireless and wireline devices", which translated with the TrueSync platform to: "Enter or edit information anywhere, synchronization is automatic everywhere". Starfish developed much of the core IP for device synchronization, especially in the wireless industry. TrueSync was the first Over-The-Air (OTA) synchronization system. Starfish was successfully acquired by Motorola for $325 million in 1998 and subsequently became a division of Nokia after Motorola's downturn. Today Starfish's technology is an integral part of the Nokia platform[citation needed]. Starfish was founded in 1994 by Philippe Kahn and Sonia Lee. ... Starfish was founded in 1994 by Philippe Kahn and Sonia Lee. ... Nokia Corporation (OMX: NOK1V, NYSE: NOK, FWB: NOA3) is an international communications company, focused on the key growth areas of wireline and wireless telecommunications. ...


Borland (1982-1995)

Realizing that even innovation such as the MICRAL would not be commercially viable in Europe, Kahn arrived in the US as a tourist in 1982 and won a job with Hewlett-Packard, subsequently losing it because of his undocumented status. After a period of consulting activities, he set up Borland International, although he was still not a legal U.S. resident at the time.[7] After four years in the U.S. on a tourist visa, Kahn was granted a Green Card in 1986. He is today a naturalized U.S. citizen.[8] He came to Silicon Valley without many possessions. This has been a subject of discussion as he was a highly educated immigrant and already recognized for his technology achievements. Borland Software Corporation is a software company headquartered in Austin, Texas. ... MICRAL The Micral was the earliest commercial, non-kit personal computer based on a micro-processor, the Intel 8008. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ... A United States Green Card. ... In law, naturalization refers to an act whereby a person acquires a citizenship different from that persons citizenship at birth. ...


Borland's first commercial success was Turbo Pascal, immediately followed by the first desktop organizer, SideKick. Borland went on to have a line of PC development tools, as well as a suite of office products that were in direct competition with Microsoft and Lotus/IBM. Borland filed its IPO in London in 1986, successfully, followed by secondary offerings in the US in 1989 and 1991. Philippe Kahn, the inventor and technologist, had become a successful high-tech business executive. Turbo Pascal 3. ... Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. ...


Borland competed with Microsoft in the 80s and early 90s. President, CEO, and Chairman of Borland since inception and taking Borland without venture capital from no revenues to a $500 million run-rate, Kahn and the Borland board came to a disagreement on how to focus the company. Kahn was forced to resign by the Borland board from his position as CEO in January 1995.[9] However, he remained on the board as a director until November 1996, showing support and loyalty in the controversy until he finally resigned from that position.[10] Kahn had been the President, CEO and Chairman of Borland for 12 years.


Philanthropy

Sonia Lee and Philippe Kahn established the Lee-Kahn Foundation in 1998. the foundation sponsors local and national non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing human growth through increased access to health care, education and the arts as well as animal welfare. It is deeply committed to sustaining a quality environment in which our children will flourish.[11] Sonia Lee Kahn (born April 12th, 1960) is a Korean-born entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Fullpower Technologies and a pioneer in the wireless industry. ...


Music

Kahn is a formally trained classical musician having studied classical flute and musicology at the Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland. He considers himself an "enlightened amateur"[citation needed] who takes time every day to practice[citation needed]. Kahn has recorded jazz albums with professionals that are among his friends. He has recorded three albums that mix modern classical influences such as Dutilleux, Jolivet and Debussy with straight ahead jazz. His albums are available on most online music stores. In 1990 he released "Pacific High" featuring: John Abercrombie, Alex Acuna, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Ray Kane and Dave Liebman. In 1991 he released a CD called "Walking on the Moon," featuring his own performance and promoting space exploration. Later in 1992 he released "Paradiso" featuring: John Abercrombie, Alex Acuna, Alan Broadbent, Terence Blanchard, Peter Erskine, Dave Eshelman and John Patitucci. Claude Debussy Claude Achille Debussy (August 22, 1862 РMarch 25, 1918), composer of impressionistic classical music. ... John Abercrombie (born October 10, 1780 in Aberdeen; died November 14, 1844 in Edinburgh) was a Scottish physician and philosopher. ... Alejandro Acu̱a aka Alex Acu̱a (born December 12, 1944) is a Peruvian drummer and percussionist. ... Richard Richie Beirach (born May 23, 1947) is a jazz pianist born in New York City. ... William Billy Hart (born November 29, 1940) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history. ... Ray Kane (born on October 2, 1925), is one of Hawaiis acknowledged Masters of the Slack Key Guitar. ... Dave Liebman (born in 1946) is an American tenor saxophonist and flautist. ... Alan Broadbent is a jazz pianist born April 23, 1947 in Auckland, New Zealand. ... Terence Blanchard (b. ... Peter Erskine (born June 5, 1954) is an American jazz drummer. ... Dave Eshelman Dave Eshelman (b. ... John Patitucci (born 1959) is an American jazz double bass player, specializing in hard bop, contemporary and Brazilian jazz. ...


Sailing and sports

Kahn's focus on the environment and the outdoors lead him to the sport of sailing. Kahn's sailing team, Pegasus Racing, competes in many world championships each year around the world.[12] The team's accomplishments include winning the Melges 24 world championships, the Transpac race multiple times, 1st and 3rd place at the 2006 International 14 World Championships, 1st at the Mumm 30 2006 North American Championship, 1st at the 2006 18' International Skiff Regatta in San Francisco, 1st at the 2006 Key West Melges 24 Regatta, 1st at the 2006 St. Francis Perpetual ZTrophy. Kahn's son, Samuel "Shark" Kahn has placed in the top ten at numerous world championships and has been the youngest member of the US National Sailing Team at age 15. Recent sailing achievements include winning, with Richard Clarke, the double handed division of the 2007 Transpacific Yacht Race race from Los Angeles to Hawaii.[13] In this Gizmodo interview, Kahn discusses the race. The Transpacific Yacht Race is an offshore yacht race starting off Point Fermin near Los Angeles and ending off Diamond Head in Honolulu, a distance of around 2,225 nautical miles (4121 km). ...


Philippe's Law

In the early 1990s while at Borland, Kahn postulated a formula of software development productivity that, in a 1992 COMDEX keynote speech, he named Philippe's Law. The law states that the productivity of a software developer in a team of N people is diminished by dividing it by the cube root of N[14]. Software development is the translation of a user need or marketing goal into a software product. ... COMDEX (Computer Dealers Exhibition) was a computer expo held in Las Vegas, Nevada, each November from 1979 to 2003. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Darrow
  2. ^ Parks, Maney, Agger, Krey
  3. ^ Kahn
  4. ^ Computer History Museum
  5. ^ Wong
  6. ^ a b Kahn, NPR interview
  7. ^ Unz
  8. ^ Wortman
  9. ^ Kellner, Krey, Jeffers, Parks
  10. ^ Borland press release
  11. ^ www.lee-kahn.com
  12. ^ www.pegasus.com
  13. ^ Transpac 2007 had everything but wind, Trans Pacific Yacht Club press release
  14. ^ Zucker

References

  • Wong, Amy. "Camera Phone Pioneer Ponders the Impact", Associated Press, 2007-05-18. Retrieved on 18 May. 

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