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Inc. 500

At Viresh Bhatia's company, InstallShield Software Corp. (#179), in Schaumburg, Ill., innovative employees receive greenbacks for patents--$1,000 when a patent is filed, and $2,500 if it's granted. The six-month-old program has yielded four patent filings so far. "Having a patent portfolio is becoming more and more important for technology companies," Bhatia explains. "The bonus is the simplest, purest way to keep that in the front of my employees' minds."

 
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Silicon India Magazine's Top 100 

InstallShield's motto, "It All Starts Here," gets a point across. Although computer users don't normally take much note of their installation programs, many times, a computer’s install program is InstallShield's namesake. Even if that doesn't grab you, the beginnings of the InstallShield corporation are much more interesting than the beginning installation of Microsoft Office.

 
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KPMG's Illinois High Tech Award 

 
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Ernst & Young's "Software Entrepreneur of the Year Award" (Illinois/Northwest Indiana region)

 
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