I worked on the Wired magazine launch way, way back when.

The first story I published in its pages was an investigative piece around Symantec, Borland and charges of corporate espionage. We called it “Undelete.” It appeared in Wired’s second issue (issue 1.2) and was dated May/June 1993.

Click here for the full version. Here’s an excerpt:

September 1 would’ve been just another day in Silicon Valley. But Eugene Wang had to drop the bomb.

At a mid-morning meeting, the Borland International executive was visibly choked up as he told a roomful of staffers he was resigning as vice president. And that was the good news. What Wang haltingly offered next was incredible: He was leaving to take up a similar post at Symantec Corporation – one of Borland’s archrivals in the software business.

When he finished, Wang covered his face and rushed out of the room.

“We were absolutely freaked watching Geno stand there, practically crying and …”

How’s that for a Throwback Thursday?

Further ancient trivia: John Battelle was a journalist back then, and he was my editor on that piece.

About the author


Gina Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's biography, iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It. A former national TV correspondent and nationally syndicated talk radio host, she is an award winning tech journalist and editorial director of aNewDomain Media, which produces independent journalistic blogs and content for Fortune 50 companies. Separately.


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