Mansour Safai, * Tehran, Iran December 3 1962, † February 10 2006 was a software engineer and computer scientist. Mansour Safai attended the French Lycée Razi in Tehran until age of 11, when he transferred to Lycée d’Estienne d’Orves, where he graduated with Scientific Baccalaureate with honors in Nice, France 1980. He continued his education at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland where he completed his graduate study in Computer Science engineering. He finished his thesis by completing a project for Logitech Switzerland in computer languages and debugging tools (Modula 2). Mansour Safai was the founder of M7, and Silicon Valley visionary. His career started in 1987 when he accepted a position as a Senior Software Engineer in Logitech U.S. (Fremont, California). Mansour brought to Logitech, under the supervision of Stefano Cei, one of the most prized awards in software technology within 18 months: «The PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award for the Multiscope OS/2 Debugger».
He then went on to found Multiscope Inc. with the help and guidance of Logitech’s founders: Daniel Borel, Giacomo Marini and Pierluigi Zappacosta. As the CEO of Multiscope, with a team including Allen Bannon and Bernard Zysset, Multiscope continued to grow and win many industry awards. Eventually Symantec Corporation acquired Multiscope.
Mansour continued his innovation run, under the guidance of Symantec’s CEO Gordon Eubanks, and lead his team as the Vice President of the Language and Internet Tools Division of Symantec, to good success and pioneered market leading products in C++ compiler, tools, and debuggers. Mansour also recognized the significance of the Java language early on, and was the first to offer integrated Java development tools in the pioneering Café product line, which evolved to the market leading product Visual Café. Mansour was also the first to bring the Java Just In Time compiler (JIT), and debugger technologies to the market. Ultimately, BEA acquired Symantec’s Language and Internet Tools Division. In 2000, Mansour decided to use his entrepreneurial talents and his commitment to software science, to follow his dream and to found a new company, M7. He started the company with the help of a close circle of talented and dedicated key contributors from his previous teams, including two close friends: Essam Zaky and Sami Ben-Rhomdane. At M7, Mansour envisioned a tool that integrates the development across all of the web application layers. This vision was realized with the award winning NitroX product, which became a popular and innovative integrated development environment. M7's success led to its acquisition by BEA Systems in September 2005.