Artifact Details

Title

Ross, Ken (Kenneth) oral history

Catalog Number

102658044

Type

Text

Date

2004-11-19

Contributor

Ceruzzi, Paul E., Interviewer
Grad, Burt, Editor
Hines, Karol, Editor
Ross, Kenneth, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

35 p.

Description

Kenneth Ross reviews his early education and business experiences. He then discusses the founding of Ross Systems as a timesharing company using minicomputers instead of large mainframes and how that was financially attractive to many clients. He covers his relationship with DEC and then his recognition of the need to change Ross Systems over to a software products business. When he realized that a further set of changes would be needed, he sold the company. He was then involved with a number of additional businesses and has become a venture capitalist.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Software business history; Ross, Kenneth; Ross Systems, Inc.; Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC); Time-sharing computer systems.; PDP-11; Software International; Packet switching; Micon; DECPRO 350; Management Aid for Planning Strategies; MAPS; VAX computers; Documentum; Pillar; Extricity

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X3009.2005