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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

Cover of Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston Published by Apress
  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Contents
  4. Foreword
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. CHAPTER 1: Max Levchin Cofounder, PayPal
  8. CHAPTER 2: Sabeer Bhatia Cofounder, Hotmail
  9. CHAPTER 3: Steve Wozniak Cofounder, Apple Computer
  10. CHAPTER 4: Joe Kraus Cofounder, Excite
  11. CHAPTER 5: Dan Bricklin Cofounder, Software Arts
  12. CHAPTER 6: Mitchell Kapor Cofounder, Lotus Development
  13. CHAPTER 7: Ray Ozzie Founder, Iris Associates, Groove Networks
  14. CHAPTER 8: Evan Williams Cofounder, Pyra Labs (
  15. CHAPTER 9: Tim Brady First Non-Founding Employee, Yahoo
  16. CHAPTER 10: Mike Lazaridis Cofounder, Research In Motion
  17. CHAPTER 11: Arthur van Hoff Cofounder, Marimba
  18. CHAPTER 12: Paul Buchheit Creator, Gmail
  19. CHAPTER 13: Steve Perlman Cofounder, WebTV
  20. CHAPTER 14: Mike Ramsay Cofounder, TiVo
  21. CHAPTER 15: Paul Graham Cofounder, Viaweb
  22. CHAPTER 16: Joshua Schachter Founder,
  23. CHAPTER 17: Mark Fletcher Founder, ONElist, Bloglines
  24. CHAPTER 18: Craig Newmark Founder, craigslist
  25. CHAPTER 19: Caterina Fake Cofounder, Flickr
  26. CHAPTER 20: Brewster Kahle Founder, WAIS, Internet Archive, Alexa Internet
  27. CHAPTER 21: Charles Geschke Cofounder, Adobe Systems
  28. CHAPTER 22: Ann Winblad Cofounder, Open Systems, Hummer Winblad
  29. CHAPTER 23: David Heinemeier Hansson Partner, 37signals
  30. CHAPTER 24: Philip Greenspun Cofounder, ArsDigita
  31. CHAPTER 25: Joel Spolsky Cofounder, Fog Creek Software
  32. CHAPTER 26: Stephen Kaufer Cofounder, TripAdvisor
  33. CHAPTER 27: James Hong Cofounder, HOT or NOT
  34. CHAPTER 28: James Currier Founder, Tickle
  35. CHAPTER 29: Blake Ross Creator, Firefox
  36. CHAPTER 30: Mena Trott Cofounder, Six Apart
  37. CHAPTER 31: Bob Davis Founder, Lycos
  38. CHAPTER 32: Ron Gruner Cofounder, Alliant Computer Systems; Founder,
  39. Index

CHAPTER 10Mike Lazaridis Cofounder, Research In Motion

imageMike Lazaridis founded Research In Motion (RIM) with his friend Doug Fregin in 1984 while still an undergraduate at the University of Waterloo. One of their first projects was a local area network that ran industrial displays. Near the end of Lazaridis's senior year, they landed a $600,000 contract to build a similar network for General Motors. A few weeks shy of his graduation, Lazaridis left school to focus full-time on the company.

RIM was one of the first companies to appreciate the importance of wireless networks. In the early 1990s, when email was still largely unknown in corporate America, ...

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