Tech billionaire Jim Clark launches security company in Delray Beach


Netscape founder Jim Clark has launched CommandScape, a residential and commercial security systems company, in Delray Beach.

Clark, who also founded Shutterfly and Silicon Graphics, said CommandScape “redefines” how customers manage their homes and businesses through a cybersecure system.

“There remains a need for a highly secure and integrated control system suitable for commercial properties and large homes,” said Jim Clark, in a news release Tuesday. “CommandScape solves that problem with the next generation of security and control that allows users to connect and manage their property though an intuitive application anywhere and anytime,” he said.

While there are many big players in the security space — including Boca Raton-based security giant ADT, telecom and cable companies — CommandScape integrates lighting, blinds, access control and other features of a house or business, a spokesman said.

One product is the CommandScape Navigator app, which allows property owners to monitor their investments from anywhere in the world.

Former ADT executive Don Boerema is the president and CEO of CommandScape. Boerema formerly was chief corporate development officer for ADT, and also led the marketing of its video monitoring product ADT Pulse.

Clark has a net worth of more than $2 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which tracks billionaires in an annual list. Clark fell off the list in the financial crisis but soon landed back on it, with timely investments in Apple and other successful tech companies. Forbes lists him as “retired” and living with his wife, Kristy Hinze, a former Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated model. Clark has a 300-foot yacht and a 30,000-bottle Burgundy wine collection, according to Forbes.

In the early 1980s, Clark and partners formed Silicon Graphics, which became a leader in Hollywood movie graphics and 3-D imaging. Clark and Marc Andreesson founded Netscape Communications in 1994. In the 1990s, he founded Healtheon to streamline insurance issues and then merged it with WebMD. In 1999, Clark founded digital photo printing site Shutterfly. He also launched myCFO, a company to help wealthy individuals manage money, which was sold to Harris Bank in 2002.

Investors include Thomas Jermoluk, who was president of Silicon Graphics and then founded broadband cable company At Home Network .

CommandScape currently has about 25 employees, a spokesman said. He said Clark had an estate in Palm Beach but recently moved to New York, where the company also will open an office.

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