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Mitch Kapor is a pioneer of
the personal computing industry and has been at the forefront of information
technology for more than 30 years as an entrepreneur, software designer, and
investor. He is widely known as founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the
designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal
computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s.
Other pioneering organizations in
which Kapor has played an important role include: as founding investor, UUNET,
the first commercial Internet Service Provider; as co-founder, Electronic
Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet; as
founding investor Real Networks, the first company to offer streaming media
over the Internet; as founding chair, the Mozilla Foundation, maker of the open
source web browser Firefox; and as founding investor and Chair, Linden
Research, the creator of the first successful virtual world, Second Life.
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