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Byline: MICHAEL KREY
Philippe Kahn is one Silicon Valley executive who can be described as colorful.
The flamboyant Frenchman is best known for starting software maker Borland International Inc. and guiding it to be, for a time, the second-largest software company behind Microsoft Corp.
Kahn, a creator of the Pascal programming language, took on Microsoft in word processing, spreadsheets and databases while building one of Northern California's best-looking campuses.
Borland went downhill, however, choking on such big acquisitions as Ashton-Tate, and Kahn was ousted from the CEO post in January 1995. (Borland Software Corp. continues as a maker of programming …