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entrepreneur , executive

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.

Background

Kahn, Philippe was born on March 16, 1952.

Education

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.

Career

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.

Achievements

  • 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.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Musician: (albums) Pacific High, 1990, Walking on the Moon, 1991, Paradiso, 1992.

Membership

Co-founder with Sonia Lee, trustee Lee-Kahn Foundation, since 1998.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Sailing racing and leads a sailing team, Pegasus Racing., flute, jazz, martial arts, snowboarding, dirt biking, surfing, yoga.

Connections

Married Sonia Lee; children: Laura, Estelle, Samuel, Sophie.

spouse:
Sonia Lee

child:
Laura Kahn

child:
Estelle Kahn

child:
Samuel Kahn

child:
Sophie Kahn