Philippe Kahn, telecommunications industry executive, entrepreneur. Achievements include development of as a student, developed the software for the MICRAL, the earliest non-kit personal computer based on a microprocessor; the vision for the first camera-phone was formed in 1997. Worked with Motorola to build the first camera-phone; patents in field. Co-founder with Sonia Lee, trustee Lee-Kahn Foundation, since 1998.
Kahn, Philippe was born on March 16, 1952.
Educated, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute), Switzerland. Master in Mathematics, University Nice, France. Studied musicology and classical flute, Zurich Music Conservatory, Switzerland.
Founder, president Chief Executive Officer, chairman Borland, 1982—1994. Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer Starfish Software Inc. (acquired by Motorola in 1998), Scotts Valley, California, 1994—1998, LightSurf Technologies Inc.
(acquired by VeriSign in 2005), 1998—2004. Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer & chairman Fullpower Technologies Inc., Santa Cruz, California, since 2004. President, LightSurf Division VeriSign Inc., 2005.
Musician: (albums) Pacific High, 1990, Walking on the Moon, 1991, Paradiso, 1992.
Co-founder with Sonia Lee, trustee Lee-Kahn Foundation, since 1998.
Sailing racing and leads a sailing team, Pegasus Racing., flute, jazz, martial arts, snowboarding, dirt biking, surfing, yoga.
Married Sonia Lee; children: Laura, Estelle, Samuel, Sophie.
Named one of Top 20 Most Important People in th...Named one of Top 20 Most Important People in the history of the computer industry, BYTE Magazine. Named to Computer History Museum for three decade of innovation, 2003. Recipient Leadership of Yr, award, Intern, Imaging Industry Association, 2002.