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Nathaniel
Borenstein

    

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I'm a scientist/programmer/inventor/entrepreneur who has been involved in Internet-related innovations since 1980, specializing in e-mail technology, human-computer interaction, and electronic commerce. Journalists have called me an "Internet Guru" and "a geek's geek, " among other things. I have largely focused, in my career, on taking new innovations and driving them, collaboratively, to become successful products.

I specialize in building consensus in diverse groups, and I enjoy translating between different perspectives, particularly between software development and business strategy.

Since June 2010 I have been working as Chief Scientist for Mimecast. Previously (2002-2010) I was a Distinguished Engineer for IBM/Lotus ().

I have two blogs, one for work and one for other stuff, with occaional cross-postings.

You Might Know Me From...

  • My standards work. Among other things, I'm co-creator of MIME, the Internet standard multimedia data format. My old barbershop quartet is featured in the first-ever MIME message.

  • My entrepreneurial ventures. I co-founded First Virtual Holdings, the first Internet payment company, in 1994, which became MessageMedia and was ultimately swallowed up by Doubleclick when the Internet bubble burst, and NetPOS.com, the first Internet-centric point-of-sale system, in 2000.

  • My software projects (notably metamail, Safe-Tcl, and the Andrew Message System), which have been used by millions.

  • My writings, which include three books, four patents, and numerous journal articles and Internet RFC documents.

  • My social activism (if you're sure you want to know).
  • What Else Might You Want To Know?

  • Questions that people frequently ask me

  • My life in academia

  • My relatively traditional CV

  • Other stuff I've done

  • My pithiest quotes in circulation.
  • If You Want To Know More Than This, You're A Stalker

    In 2009 I moved from my home in Ann Arbor, Michigan () to live more or less full time at Guppy Lake, in northern Michigan ().


    Stan Borenstein, 1925-2006

    My wife Trina and I are (mostly) empty nesters; our four daughters and three granddaughters are scattered across the country at any given moment. I have three brothers:

  • Eliot is a hoity toity academic at NYU
  • Seth is an AP journalist periodically attacked by nut jobs.
  • Joe is a contractor/investor in California.
  • My Meyers-Briggs type is very strongly ENFP:

    Like most of us, I too rarely reflect on how lucky I am.