Artifact Details

Title

Whitlow, Duane oral history

Catalog Number

102702251

Type

Text

Date

1998-05-08

Contributor

Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer; Editor
Whitlow, Duane, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

via Telephone

Extent

19 p.

Description

Duane Whitlow, the developer of Syncsort, describes the founding of Whitlow Computer Systems which was later renamed Syncsort and how he came to develop a sort product which was much more efficient than the sort available from IBM at the time. He describes how they were able to use demos to sell very effectively against IBM at a time when independent software vendors found it very difficult to get into IBM's customers' shops, a success which paved the way for many other software companies. He talks about why he felt it was important to patent the product although patenting software was very difficult to do and about the difficulties he and the other founders had in financing the start-up company.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Whitlow, Duane; Syncsort; Whitlow Computer Systems; Tavitian, Aso; Rintell, Stan; Witzel, Bill; Software Patents

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X5710.2010