Mitch Kapor
Entrepreneur, Startup Investor, and Philanthropist
Lotus Development Corporation
San Francisco

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Mitch Kapor is an entrepreneur, startup investor, and philanthropist. He founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer app" which made the PC ubiquitous in business.
In 1997, he established the Mitchell Kapor Foundation (, a private foundation that works to ensure fairness and equity, particularly for low-income communities of color.
Mitch is a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; the founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, creator of the Firefox web browser; and the founding Chair of Linden Lab, maker of Second Life, the leading online virtual world.  He is also a Trustee of the Level Playing Field Institute and Managing Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage IT startups.
Mitch serves on the advisory Boards of Generation Investment Management (sustainable, long-term investing), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights on the Internet), the Sunlight Foundation (improving access to government information), and the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia and other free content projects).


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