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Borland

Borland
Borland Software
20450 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Suite 500
Cupertino, CA 95014
USA
Year Founded:
 
1983
 
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Borland Software Corporation is a software company headquartered in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 1983 by Niels Jensen, Ole Henriksen, Mogens Glad and Philippe Kahn.

In February 2006, Borland announced its intent to divest its IDE business, known as the Developer Tools Group, to allow Borland to be completely focused on the enterprise and driving its Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) business forward. As part of that plan, Borland acquired Segue Software Inc. (NASDAQ CM: SEGU), a provider of software quality and testing tools.

In November 2006, the company announced its decision to separate the Developer Tools Group into a wholly owned subsidiary called CodeGear.

On May 7, 2008, the company announced it had sold the CodeGear subsidiary to Embarcadero Technologies for $23 million.

Three Danish citizens, Niels Jensen, Ole Henriksen, and Mogens Glad founded Borland Ltd. in August 1981 to develop products for the CP/M operating system using an off-the-shelf company. However, response to the company's products at the CP/M-82 show in San Francisco showed that a U.S. company would be needed to reach the American market. They met Philippe Kahn who had just moved to Silicon Valley and had been a key developer of the Micral. The three Danes had embarked, at first successfully, on marketing software first from Denmark, later from Ireland before running into some challenges at the time when they met Philippe Kahn. The partnership seems to have benefited all involved. Philippe Kahn was at all times Chairman, President and CEO of Borland Inc. from its inception in 1983 until he left in 1995. Main shareholders at the incorporation of Borland were Niels Jensen (250,000 shares), Ole Henriksen (160,000), Mogens Glad (100,000) and Philippe Kahn (80,000).

Although the company has relocated to Texas, the primary address they held is the same area as Apple and other large computer companies.