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Be My Valentine: Tech Titans Mix Work and Marriage

The heartwarming tale of 10 tech companies founded by husbands and wives.

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EMC recently acquired Archer Technologies – an enterprise governance, risk and compliance vendor co-founded by a husband-and-wife team, Jon and Tara Darbyshire. Indeed, many husbands and wives team up in the IT industry – here are 10 tech companies founded and run by married couples.

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Cisco

Cisco was founded by husband-and-wife team Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner in 1984. Says the Cisco Web site: "Husband and wife Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to e-mail each other from their respective offices located in different buildings but were unable to due to technological shortcomings. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols; and as a result of solving their challenge - the multi-protocol router was born."

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VMware

In 1998 VMware was founded by a team including Diane Greene, the CEO, and Mendel Rosenblum, the chief scientist and Greene's husband. Together, they spearheaded the x86 server virtualization market and turned VMware into one of the most important companies in IT, but eventually left the company several years after being bought out by EMC.

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Flickr

Launched in 2004, this photo and video hosting Web site was founded by Stewart Butterfield and wife Caterina Fake. Flickr, which says it hosts more than 4 billion images, was acquired by Yahoo in 2005 for $35 million. Both husband and wife left the company in June 2008.

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Six Apart

Ben and Mena Trott founded Six Apart in 2002 to sell blogging tools originally developed to support a blog written by Mena called dollarshort.org. "To make a better dollarshort.org, Ben and I wanted to make a better blogging tool and in October 2001, we released the first version of Movable Type [Six Apart's first product]," Mena explains on the company Web site.

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Bebo

An acronym for "blog early, blog often," Bebo is a social networking Web site founded in 2005 by Michael and Xochi Birch in San Francisco. AOL ended up purchasing Bebo for $850 million in March 2008, hoping to compete against more popular social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. The couple founded Bebo as a site for sharing photos and contacts and later relaunched it as a social network.

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Marvell Technology

Marvell, a maker of enterprise and consumer hardware products, was co-founded in 1995 by Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai, a husband and wife who met at the University of California at Berkeley. Sutardja still holds down the fort as CEO while Dai is vice president of sales and heads up the company's communications and computing business unit.

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Cuil

A search company founded by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson, Cuil is attempting to improve Web search with more detailed results, particularly in cases where the same word has different meanings when used in different contexts. While Costello, Cuil's CEO, is a veteran of IBM, Patterson is Cuil's president and previously worked for Google as the lead on several search projects.

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QAD

Pamela Lopker founded the QAD enterprise resource planning software firm in 1979, after she developed software to help automate operations at her husband Karl's sandal-making company. Today, QAD focuses on supply chain collaboration and its products are used by more than 6,000 manufacturers in 90 countries. Pamela remains president and chairman of the board while Karl – who joined QAD in 1981 - serves as CEO, overseeing all aspects of QAD's business and operations.

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Kaspersky Lab

Eugene and Natalya Kaspersky co-founded Kaspersky Lab in 1997 in Moscow and have each served as the company's CEO. The company and its founders are prominent in the antimalware security field, and its security lab catalogs more than 1 million threats per year. Despite being divorced, Eugene and Natalya each still hold critical roles with Kaspersky Lab.

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Super Micro Computer

Husband Charles Liang and wife Sara Liu co-founded Super Micro in 1993, and are still at the helm of this company which makes servers, workstations and storage systems. Liang is still the president, CEO and chairman of the board while Liu is vice president of operations, treasurer and a director.

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