Achievements: Brainerd founded Aldus, the company behind PageMaker, in 1984 and was lauded for his revolutionary desktop-publishing software that made publishing accessible to the masses. The tools now used by designers, developers and publishers, wouldn't have been possible without Brainerd's productivity tools. Brainerd ran Aldus until 1994, when Adobe bought it out.
Today: Brainerd slipped out of the tech arena after Aldus's purchase by Adobe. He returned to his childhood roots in Seattle to focus on his lifetime passion for the environment. As a result, he formed the Brainerd Foundation – which helps fund various environmental groups around the area – as well as the environmental non-profit group Groundwire. In 1997 Brainerd joined together with Seattle business leaders to form Social Venture Partners, an organization that connects lucrative business executives who want to give back to their community with local non-profits. As of today, SVP has affiliates in 25 cities across North America and Japan and SVP Seattle touts more than 400 partners.