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An expert in computer software monitoring he co-founded Boole & Babbage, along with Ken Lolence, a physicist and software specialist in 1967 These two computer professionals decided to join forces to create software for measuring and managing the performance of mainframe computer systems. They named the company after two earlier geniuses whose work had made computers possible: mathematician George Boole, the inventor of Boolean algebra, and Charles Babbage, inventor of the first computer engine. To bankroll their project, they found the Asset Management Company, led by venture capitalist Franklin "Pitch" Johnson. Previously, Johnson had provided seed capital for a number of pioneering Silicon Valley companies.