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The summer vacation that begins in Greece and ends in Kenya (one year later)

Posted by Scott Kirsner  July 20, 2010 10:06 AM

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wilcox.jpgThe Wilcoxes of Natick embarked earlier this month on a pretty lengthy summer vacation: it began in Athens, and it wraps up next July in Kenya.

When last we heard from Russ Wilcox, the long-time CEO of Cambridge's E Ink, he had left the company after its sale to Prime View International of Taiwan; he'd worked at E Ink for 13 years, shepherding the technology out of MIT's Media Lab and into products like the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader. (Last month, display-maker Prime View changed its name to E Ink holdings.)

Before embarking on his next entrepreneurial adventure, Wilcox decided to plan an extended trip with his family: they rented out their house for a year, sold their cars, and devised a curriculum for their son and daughter, who would be missing 4th and 7th grade. They also set up a blog, 365 Saturdays, to chronicle the journey (with the kids handling much of the writing.) "We are trying to use the blog as a way for them to practice writing something other than IMs," Wilcox writes in an e-mail.

The itinerary includes London, Paris, Vienna, Egypt, Australia, Thailand, China, Argentina, the Galapagos, and Botswana.

Wilcox is staying fairly well-wired on the trip: an e-mail to him this morning yielded a quick return phone call via Skype. Where was he? Cappadocia, Turkey.

(And yes, in the photo he is wearing a wristwatch with an E Ink display.)

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