Artifact Details

Title

Personal computer (PC) software workshop : financial and management software

Catalog Number

102658198

Type

Text

Date

2004-11-19

Contributor

Carr, Robert, Participant
Ceruzzi, Paul E., Historian
Cortada, James W., Historian
Grad, Burt, Editor
Haigh, Thomas, Historian
Hines, Karol, Participant
Hoxie, Gilbert, Participant
Johnson, Luanne, Moderator
Kapor, Mitch, Participant
Keet, Lee, Participant
O'Donald, Louise, Editor
Phillips, Jan, Participant
Ross, Ken, Participant
Toole, John, Participant

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

32 p.

Description

A group of experienced pioneers in PC software discussed various aspects of producing PC financial management software. They talked about financing their companies and the initial products which they developed and marketed. They reviewed how DEC had misread the market opportunity with their Rainbow PC and some of the other failures because of not matching the application functions to the capabilities of the machines available at particular points in time. Other topics were the choice of languages used to implement the programs, spreadsheet competitors and expanding the businesses internationally. There were comments about multiple application suites and the discussion closed on the wisdom of hiring former IBMers to work in PC businesses.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Software business history; Johnson, Luanne; Ceruzzi, Paul; Cortada, Jim; Haigh, Thomas; Carr, Robert; Hines, Karol; Hoxie, Gib; Kapor, Mitch; Keet, Lee; Phillips, Jan; Ross, Ken; Toole, John; DECPRO 350; Duns Plus; Estridge, Don; Framework; IBM Employees; Lotus 1-2-3; Lotus Development Corporation; Max Pro/DEC 350; Ross Systems, Inc.; VISICALC; VISION; Xerox PARC

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Credit

Software Industry Special Interest Group

Lot Number

X4408.2008