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FilesX Founder Counts Blessings

Jacob Herbst, founder, president, and CEO of stealth-mode backup software startup FilesX Inc., was supposed to be on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 2001.

Thanks to Mike Beaudet, now VP of sales at FilesX, he just missed the plane that would ultimately smash into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Beaudet cancelled a job interview with Herbst on Sept. 10, causing Herbst to delay his flight to L.A. They rearranged the meeting for the next day.

"I am an Israeli and a veteran of three wars," says Herbst. "I have seen dead people and bullets flying, but that was as close as I ever felt to dying that day." He called Beaudet the morning of Sept. 11 to thank him for saving his life. Beaudet remembers asking, "I guess I have a job, then?"

Eighteen months later, FilesX is gearing up to launch the company in April and ship its product mid-2003. For now, Herbst's lips are sealed on exactly what FilesX is up to, but we did uncover a couple of interesting details.

"It's instant-restore software for disk-based backup, which will enable users to get at the data on these devices easily," says an industry insider familiar with the company's plans.

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