Sometimes successful companies are born out of the weirdest circumstances.
How else to explain the goofy story behind the creation of J2 Global Communications (nasdaq: JCOM – news – people )? In 1994, Jaye Muller, a successful rap musician from the former East Germany, was living in Paris. But he had a particularly vexing frustration while on a tour of the U.K.–he was constantly missing fax and phone messages as he moved from one town to another.
Muller relocated to New York in order to further his music career, but instead found himself starting a company based around an idea to combine phone and fax messages with e-mail. The result was JFax, which he launched in 1995.
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