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

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CHAPTER 21Charles GeschkeCofounder, Adobe Systems

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At Xerox PARC, Chuck Geschke and John Warnock developed a language called Interpress that would allow any computer to talk to any printer. When Xerox seemed slow to commercialize this technology, Geschke and Warnock started their own company, Adobe, to produce a successor of Interpress called PostScript.

PostScript made it possible to describe complex documents in a simple form. In 1983, Adobe partnered with Apple Computer to create Apple's new LaserWriter printer. When it was introduced in 1985 it created the "desktop publishing" industry. Adobe went public in 1986 and is the recognized industry ...

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