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Catalog Number

102702291

Title

Tavitian, Aso (Assadour) O. oral history

Type

Text

Date

1998-06-08

Contributor

Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer, Editor
Tavitian, Aso, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Telephone

Extent

11 p.

Description

Aso O. Tavitian, a co-founder in 1968 of Whitlow Computer Systems (later renamed Syncsort Incorporated), describes the challenges of selling a technically superior sort product in direct competition to the free sort that IBM provided to its customers in the 1960s and 1970s. He describes the difficulties Syncsort encountered in trying to obtain a patent for their sort process because of the Patent Office's lack of understanding of software and about the problems of obtaining financing for a start-up software products company in the early years of the industry.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Tavitian, Aso; Syncsort; Whitlow, Duane; Whitlow Computer Systems; Software Patents

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Lot Number

X5752.2010