CEO at Fullpower Technologies, Inc.
San Francisco Bay Area
|Currently:||CEO at Fullpower Technologies , Converging Wireless and Life-Sciences|
|Companies:||Fullpower Technologies; LightSurf Technologies, Inc.; Starfish Software, Inc.; Borland [BORL]|
|Primary Industry:||Telecommunications, Biotech, Life-Sciences, Software|
Successful repeat entrepreneur founded four leadership companies: Fullpower Technologies, Inc. ( www.fullpower.com ), LightSurf the worldwide leader in MMS solutions and services (Successfully acquired by Verisign for $300+M), Starfish Technologies, Inc. (successfully acquired by Motorola for $250+M) and Borland (NASDAQ: BORL).
Technology innovator and visionary in the fields of telecommunications, Life-Sciences, Biotech, Sensors, Monitors, Devices and high tech.
December 2004 – Present
Fullpower is converging Wireless and Life-Sciences, building breakthrough, innovative solutions.
LightSurf Technologies, Inc.
1998 – December 2004 (6 years)
LightSurf is the worldwide leader for MMS solutions and services, successfully acquired by Verisign for $300+M. Notably Philippe built LightSurf on retained earnings, without need to raise venture capital.
Starfish Software, Inc.
1994 – 1998 (4 years)
Starfish pioneered the integration of wireless and wireline devices. The company's founding vision was: "Global synchronization and integration of wireless and wireline devices". Motorola successfully acquired Starfish for $250+M in 1998. Notably Philippe built Starfish on retained earnings, without need to raise venture capital.
Borland (Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; BORL)
Computer Software Industry
1982 – 1994 (12 years)
Founder and CEO of Borland. Built the company from startup to $500M/year run-rate and 3500+ employees. Notably Philippe built Borland on retained earnings, without need to raise venture capital.
ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Swiss Polytechnic Institute), University of Nice, France
Zurich Music Conservatory, Switzerland
Musicology and classical flute
Philippe Kahn has received numerous awards including his induction into the industry hall of fame, recognition by BYTE Magazine as one of the Top 20 Most Important People in the history of the computer industry, selection for Upside Magazine's Elite 100 list, as well as being the recipient of numerous awards for innovation and technical excellence.
Computer History Museum
Philippe was honored for 3 decades of innovation.
International Imaging Industry Association
Leadership of the Year Award
Philippe Kahn is author of dozens of patents and associated with core innovations such as:
The first non-kit personal computer
The Micral was the earliest commercial, non-kit personal computer based on a micro-processor, the Intel 8008. Thi Truong developed the computer and Philippe Kahn the software. Truong, founder and president of the French company R2E, created the Micral as a replacement for minicomputers in situations that didn't require high performance. Selling for $1,750, the Micral never penetrated the U.S. market. In 1979, Truong sold Micral to Bull.
Fundamentals of device synchronization
The vision for the first camera-phone was formed in June 1997. Motorola worked with Philippe to build the first camera-phone. LightSurf designed, developed, and managed the service infrastructure and did the reference design for the hardware. This became a secret internal Motorola project. Sadly, later in 2001 Motorola cancelled the project which would have given them at least an 18 month lead on the industry. Mistakes happen!
Interestingly, the old Soviet KGB reconverted into an industrial information
gathering organization, didn't miss a beat. Here is what they put on the web in
2000. So much for secrecy!