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Ximian Names Mitchell Kapor to Board of DirectorsOct 16, 2001, 20:49 (8 Talkback[s])
BOSTON---Oct. 16, 2001-- Ximian, Inc., the leading open source desktop company, announced today the appointment of Mitchell Kapor to its Board of Directors. Kapor is internationally known as the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the application that brought the personal computer into the business mainstream in the 1980s. Kapor is also a social activist, founding and chairing such organizations as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Massachusetts Commission on Computer Technology and Law.
"Mitch's passion for new ideas and his vision for the role technology plays in our lives is well known throughout the industry," said David Patrick, CEO and president of Ximian(TM). "With over 25 years of industry experience, Mitch will be of great value to Ximian and its future direction. He has the insight to effectively and significantly contribute to the company's product and technology strategy, and we're grateful and fortunate to have him join our Board."
Kapor is a technology visionary and pioneer who has worked with numerous companies that have defined the computer industry. Early in his career he worked as a product manager for Personal Software Inc., the publisher of VisiCalc, the world's first electronic spreadsheet and as the designer and programmer of VisiPlot and VisiTrend, companion products to VisiCalc. In 1982, he co-founded Lotus Development Corporation and helped drive the runaway success of Lotus 1-2-3. He served as the President (later Chairman) and CEO of Lotus from 1982 to 1986 and as a Director until 1987.
"I believe that Ximian is one of those rare companies that combines breakthrough technology and a robust business model while truly benefiting the user community," said Kapor. "Ximian is clearly providing a Linux and UNIX alternative for the computer desktop and has also developed a well-rounded set of products and services for generating revenue. I'm excited to work with a company widely recognized as an open source leader with the talent and initiative to make an impact."
For more than 15 years Mr. Kapor has been an investor in high-technology start-up companies (through Kapor Enterprises, Inc.) and an advisor to entrepreneurs. He was a founding investor of UUNET, Real Networks and Groove Networks. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Kapor was a partner at Accel Partners, a leading venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, Calif. He continues there as a venture consultant.
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