Starfish Software was founded in 1994 by Philippe Kahn and Sonia Lee, as a spin-off from the Simplify business unit from Borland and Kahn's severance from Borland. It was located in Santa Cruz, California.

Starfish Software
  • 1998–2003: Subsidiary of Motorola
  • 2003–2006: Subsidiary of Pumatech, Inc. (Intellisync)
  • 2006–2008: Subsidiary of Nokia
IndustryWireless software
Founded1994; 29 years ago (1994)
HeadquartersSanta Cruz, California, U.S.
Key people

Starfish developed intellectual property for device synchronization, especially for wireless devices. TrueSync was the first over-the-air synchronization system. Starfish was acquired by Motorola for $325 million in 1998.[1] The outspoken founding couple founded another company, LightSurf, in the same year, to develop mobile phone photograph technology.[2]

In 2000, the company helped start the SyncML Initiative to standardize synchronization communication protocols.[3] In March 2003, Starfish was acquired by Pumatech in San Jose, California, which was headed by turn-around CEO Woodson Hobbs.[4] Pumatech later changed its name to Intellisync, and was acquired by Nokia in 2005.[5]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Motorola to Acquire Starfish Software Inc". Press release. Motorola. July 14, 1998. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Bob Parks (October 2000). "Wired Magazine, The Big Picture - Borland International Inc.'s Philippe Kahn". Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "SyncML: The new era in synchronization". Original web site. Archived from the original on April 7, 2000. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Pumatech, Inc. Acquires Motorola Subsidiary Starfish Software". Press release. Nokia. March 30, 2003. Archived from the original on December 27, 2005. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Nokia to extend leadership in enterprise mobility with acquisition of Intellisync". Press release. November 16, 2005. Archived from the original on August 19, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2013.