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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

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CHAPTER 13Steve PerlmanCofounder, WebTV

imageOne weekend in 1995, Steve Perlman tested his theory that the Web could look as good on a TV screen as it did on a computer monitor. In 3 days of round-the-clock effort, he built a thin client for surfing the Web, using a television as a display. He invited his friend Bruce Leak over to see what he'd built, and they knew right away it was a big enough idea for a startup.

It was a natural project for Perlman, by then one of the leading experts on display technology. At Apple, he helped bring color to the Mac. Later, at his first startup, Catapult Entertainment, he built one of the first systems for network ...

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