Sunday, February 22, 2004
Forbes.com - Magazine Article: "On the surface, there's nothing terribly unusual about Scott Jones. The 42-year-old divorcé lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis, has two dogs and three sons (ages 6, 8 and 10), and is concerned about being a good father. But anyone invited in to his Tudor-style mansion quickly learns that nothing about his life is normal. His house is the stuff of fantasies--the fantasies of a wealthy entrepreneur with money to burn.
The 'other' Indiana Jones invented a voice-mail system that is now used by an estimated 500 million people around the world. In 1986, he was just a 26-year-old research scientist at MIT when he co-founded his first company, Boston Technology. He designed a technically sophisticated voice-mail system, but the earning potential of the technology wasn't a given. The Regional Bell Operating Companies weren't legally able to sell voice-mail services yet. But, by 1988, a U.S. District Court ruled that the phone providers could sell voice mail, as long as they did not manufacture the voice-mail products themselves. Boston Technology quickly swept up the RBOC business, and four years later Scott Jones retired with enough money that he probably never needed to work again.
But he did. In 1995 he left Boston and returned to his home state of Indiana, where he founded an audio and video home-network business called Escient Technologies. He also bought a 1939 country manor and immediately began what would become a seven-year renovation project. Not only did Jones spruce the place up, he turned it into a high-tech playground, adding on 17,000 square feet. The home includes an indoor tree house for the kids, a 27-foot Mahogany slide, a full-size movie theater and a special therapeutic waterfall shower with a water flow rate of 300 gallons per minute (the average shower has a water flow rate of 1.6 to 3.8 gallons per minute). "
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