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Phil Lapsley


Phil Lapsley has spent 20 years at the intersection of engineering, business, and entrepreneurship. Most recently Phil was a consultant in the High Technology Practice of McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, helping larger companies to shape their business strategies in fields such as computer hardware, computer software, and semiconductors. From 1995 to 2000 Phil was the co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at SmartTouch, a Bay Area start-up company providing biometrically authenticated electronic payment systems that was sold to Solidus Networks in 2002. Prior to that, Phil co-founded BDTI, a firm that provides technology advisory services in digital signal processing.

Phil has worked with organizations in fields ranging from spaceflight to consumer electronics and has contributed to his clients in ways ranging from project management to hardware and software design. Phil's experience includes computer security, and he was involved in defending against the November 2, 1988 "Internet Worm" (the first computer worm spread via the Internet).

Phil received a Master of Business Administration degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2003, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley in 1988. While at Berkeley he contributed to the Berkeley UNIX project.

Phil is the author of one book (DSP Processor Fundamentals: Architectures and Features), six patents, one Internet standard (RFC 977, "Network News Transfer Protocol"), and several technical publications. His hobbies include motorcycling, welding, fire art, and the Burning Man festival.

Phil would love to hear from former phone phreaks, Bell System personnel, or law enforcement types with stories to contribute about the history of phone phreaking. Drop him a line at history-of-phone-phreaking@lapsley.org.

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