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X PRIZE Foundation Hires Mark Goodstein as Executive Director

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Mar 8, 2006 8:26 pm
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Santa Monica, CA., The X PRIZE Foundation has announced that Mark Goodstein will join as Executive Director of a new prize that will inspire entrepreneurial innovation in the automotive industry.

“The X PRIZE is about changing paradigms,” explains Goodstein. “The current paradigm is that it’s perfectly acceptable to drive a car that only gets 20 or 30 miles per gallon. This prize is about leveraging cash and opportunity to effect positive change in the environment, economy and geopolitics.”

Goodstein was a founder of GoTo.com, which became Overture Services and is now Yahoo’s search marketing company. He helped define and launch this disruptive search engine company in 1996 creating $250 billion in market capitalization today.

“We are extremely excited to have Mark join the X PRIZE team” said Founder and Chairman Peter Diamandis. “His proven leadership skills and creative approach to problem solving will make for a very productive and exciting competition.”

Most recently, he founded X1 Technologies in 2002, helping to spark the desktop search revolution. Along the way, X1 picked up awards and plaudits of all kinds, including the coveted Technical Excellence award from PC Magazine. He directed product and company strategy and was responsible for Yahoo’s licensing X1 as its desktop search product. He also started Intranets.com (purchased by WebEx) and Blackdart, an office supplies e-commerce company, and served as the general manager of a streaming media company called FasTV.

Goodstein has a degree in history from the University of Chicago.

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit organization. Its mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Based on the success of the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE, the foundation is widely regarded as the leading prize management institute in the world. For more information please visit www.xprize.org.

X PRIZE

Creating Radical Breakthroughs for the Benifit of Humanity

320 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 303
Santa Monica, CA 90401
www.xprize.org

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