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In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 18:50:03 -0400

I kno him well and ued his stuff early djf

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From: Jonathan B Spira <jspira () basex com>
Date: April 15, 2006 7:03:45 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent


Dave

IP readers will learn from this tale.

Regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Szívélyes üdvözlet/Cordialement/ Cordiali saluti/Saludos/Vänliga hälsningar

/s/ Jonathan
Jonathan B. Spira
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Basex, Inc.
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April 16, 2006
In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent
By JOHN MARKOFF

MENLO PARK, Calif.

GEOFF GOODFELLOW is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who came up with an idea that resulted in a $612.5 million payday. But he will never see a penny of it. He remains little known even in Silicon Valley and, perhaps most surprising, he doesn't really mind.

And herein lies one of the stranger tales about innovation and money in the world of technology.

A high-school dropout, Mr. Goodfellow had his light-bulb moment in 1982, when he came up with the idea of sending electronic mail messages wirelessly to a portable device — like a BlackBerry. Only back then, there was no BlackBerry; his vision centered on pagers. He eventually did get financial backing to start a wireless e-mail service in the early 1990's, but it failed.

So, in 1998, he moved to Prague and bought a bar. While he was there, the BlackBerry did come along. Tending bar, he believed that everyone had forgotten that he had initially come up with the idea of wireless e-mail.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/16/technology/16wireless.html? _r=1&pagewanted=print


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