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The House that Jacob Goldman built. The innovator died on Tuesday, at age 90.
Established in 1970 in an industrial park next to Stanford, PARC researchers designed a remarkable array of computer technologies, including the Alto personal computer, the Ethernet office network, laser printing and the graphical user interface.
The technologies would later be commercialized by both Apple Computer and Microsoft, among others, and Xerox would be criticized for not capitalizing enough on the technologies it had pioneered...
So Xerox didn't bring us the personal computing revolution. But at least the right people were around to capitalize on the research. If there's a lesson in Goldman's life, it's that research matters. And it really matters when it's funded by big companies, even if they don't wind up knowing what to do with the innovation that it enables.