TitleKirsch, Steve oral history
|Kirsch, Steve, Interviewee|
|Steinbach, Gunter, Interviewer|
|Weber, Marc, Interviewer|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, CA
DescriptionSteve Kirsch invented an early form of the optical mouse while studying at MIT, then founded Mouse Systems to commercialize it. In 1986 he co-founded Frame Technology which developed the FrameMaker document publishing software.
His next start-up was Infoseek in 1993, pioneering advertising-supported Internet search. In 1999 he started Propel which sold web-page compression and caching software, followed in 2005 by Abaca, which produced a spam filter application with ranked quarantine.
In 2011 he started OneID which tried to get strong cryptographic authentication universally adopted. As of 2018, his latest start-up is Token, founded in 2015, which sells an open banking software platform. He has received awards for philantropic giving and for encouraging others to give.