Artifact Details

Title

Cohen, Gerry (Gerald) oral history

Catalog Number

102658228

Type

Text

Date

1986-05-14

Contributor

Cohen, Gerald, Interviewee
Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer
Johnson, Luanne, Editor

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

New York, New York

Extent

24 p.

Description

In this interview, Gerry Cohen, the founder of Information Builders, talks about his early career when he was responsible for developing RAMIS at Mathematica and how the growth of a software product business within that consulting firm led to his decision to leave Mathematica and form Information Builders to develop a competing product, FOCUS. He describes the importance of offering both of these products through time-sharing services such as NCSS and Tymshare and the significance of time-sharing services in creating the software products industry. He covers the impact of IBM competition on early software products industry and the extensive user group infrastructure which developed at Information Builders.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Software business history; FOCUS; National CSS; Tymshare, Inc.; Time-sharing computer systems.; Braniff, Ron; User groups; Applied Logic; Cohen, Gerald; Information Builders, Inc.; Mathematica; RAMIS

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X4566.2008