Whitlow, Duane oral history
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.
Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer; Editor
Whitlow, Duane, Interviewee
Computer History Museum
Place of Publication
Whitlow, Duane; Syncsort; Whitlow Computer Systems; Tavitian, Aso; Rintell, Stan; Witzel, Bill; Software Patents
Oral history collection