Tavitian, Aso (Assadour) O. oral history
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.
Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer, Editor
Tavitian, Aso, Interviewee
Computer History Museum
Place of Publication
Tavitian, Aso; Syncsort; Whitlow, Duane; Whitlow Computer Systems; Software Patents
Oral history collection