WebTV Founder Dies

(January 6, 2004) Los Altos, CA--Phil Goldman, co-founder of WebTV and CEO of web email provider Mailblocks, has died at the age of 39.
Before founding Mailblocks, Goldman spent more than 20 years in technology and consumer service development. Most recently he served as vice president of Advanced TV Services at Microsoft. He was a founder of WebTV Networks. Before WebTV, he served as director of communication products at General Magic and did groundbreaking work to modernize the Mac OS at Apple Computer.
Goldman was a highly productive and recognized inventor with 19 U.S. Patents issued and many more pending. A graduate of Princeton University, he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and was honored as the top student in the School of Engineering. He served as the chair of the university’s Computer Science department advisory council. He also served on the board of directors of BraveKids, a charitable organization using computers and the Internet to aid the families of children with chronic or life threatening illnesses.
Goldman resided in Los Altos Hills, CA, and is survived by his wife, Susan, and two children, as well as his parents, and two brothers.