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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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Software Empires

Philippe was frequently absurd and right at the same time.

–Tim Berry, computer consultant who helped write Borland International’s business plan

There’s money to be made in this business. That was the message sent out after the success of the early microcomputer-software ventures such as Microsoft, Digital Research, Structured Systems Group, Peachtree Software, and MicroPro. The message was heard by a group of high-rollers who were willing to risk everything in a growing market that seemed to have enormous potential and no rules or boundaries.

The Frenchman

These new entrepreneurs descended on Silicon Valley from all over the world. Philippe Kahn was visiting from France on a tourist visa. A saxophone-playing mathematics ...

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