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Fax Attack

This entrepreneur's fighting mad about junk faxes.

This story appears in the January 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Steve Kirsch doesn't work in the fax machine industry, but you could be forgiven for thinking so. Kirsch, 47, owns San Jose-based Propel Software Corp., a 50-employee, multimillion-dollar company allowing PC users to inexpensively speed up their dial-up connection service. In his spare time, he's taking on companies that send unsolicited faxes. And he's doing it in a big way, filing a $2.2 trillion class-action lawsuit against (he's still waiting for class-action certification before he can sue). Kirsch is so vehemently opposed to junk faxes that he created a Web site dedicated to eliminating the problem (

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