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Joan Blades is an American software entrepreneur and political activist. She was the cofounder in 1987 with her husband Wes Boyd of Berkeley Systems, a San Francisco Bay area software company known for marketing the After Dark screensaver and the You Don’t Know Jack trivia game. After selling Berkeley Systems in 1997 for $13.8 million, Blades and Boyd founded the liberal political group MoveOn.org, which played an active role in the 2004 presidential race opposing the reelection of George W. Bush.
She received her BA in History from UC Berkeley in 1977 and her J.D. from the Golden Gate University School of Law. She was an attorney in Alaska and California, taught mediation at Golden Gate University, wrote a book “Mediate Your Divorce” and co-wrote “The Divorce Book”. Since May 2005, she has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.