Jim Clark Is Off And Running Again

Can the founder of Netscape and Silicon Graphics ring up another blockbuster?

After Silicon Valley entrepreneur James Clark built a new swimming pool behind his home in Atherton, Calif., he discovered to his chagrin that the backyard neighbors had an eagle-eye view into the pool from their breakfast nook. The obvious solution was to put up a taller fence, but that was against zoning rules. Clark's answer was to haul in dirt to build a hill in his backyard--thus elevating the fence. "That's the way he thinks," says longtime friend Robert Burgess, the CEO of Macromedia Inc. "The fence can only be this high? Then raise the land. Change the rules."

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