Paul G. Allen has been a director of Microsoft since 1990 and served on its Board from 1981 to 1984. He was a founder of the company and worked at Microsoft from 1975 to 1984. Mr. Allen owns and invests in a suite of companies exploring the potential of multimedia digital communications. His wholly-owned companies include Asymetrix Corporation. Interval Research Corp., Vulcan Ventures Inc. He is also the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team and the Seattle Seahawks football team, a partner in the entertainment studio DreamWorks SKG, and holds investments in more than 35 technology companies. Mr. Allen is also a director of both HSN Inc. and Ticketmaster Corp. (Edited excerpt from: Microsoft Proxy Statement, 1997).