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The software history shop - "One for the history books" workshop

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On September 22 and 23, 2000, The Charles Babbage Institute sponsored a conference in Palo Alto, CA, on the impact of IBM’s decision in 1969 to unbundle the price of software from the price of hardware on the emergence of companies selling software as a product. Many of the attendees at the conference were people who had founded software companies in the 1960s and early 1970s, so The Software History Center decided to take advantage of the congregation of so many people who had participated in the early software industry to organize a workshop for the following day. The purpose of the workshop was to ask people to recollect their experiences in founding their companies and especially to discuss factors other than unbundling which affected the early growth of their companies. Conference reporters were on hand to transcribe the conversations that took place. The following is a transcript of that meeting. 48 scanned pages.




Brizdle, Barbara, Participant
Campbell-Kelly, Martin, Participant
Cunningham, Peter, Participant
Frana, Phil, Participant
Glaser, George, Participant
Goetz, Martin, Participant
Goetz, Norma, Participant
Grad, Burt, Participant
Harris, Niki, Participant
Harris, Peter, Participant
Hines, Karol, Participant
Jerger, Doug, Participant
Johnson, Luanne, Moderator
Kolence, Kenneth, Participant
LaHay, Edward, Participant
Phillips, Jan, Participant
Piscopo, Joseph, Participant
Roditti, Esther, Participant
Schoenberg, Larry, Participant
Welke, Lawrence, Participant
Welke, Nissey, Participant
Whitlow, Duane, Participant
Yost, Jeffrey, Participant


The Software History Center

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Other number doc-4b86f99b6f99b Deprecated ITCHP Number


48 p.




ADPAC; AGS Computer Systems; Applied Data Research (ADR); Argonaut Information Systems; Boole & Babbage; Charles Babbage Foundation; Computer Museum History Center; Fortex Data Systems; International Computer Programs, Inc. (ICP); Pansophic Systems, Inc.; Software History Center; Charles Babbage Institute

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Information Technology Corporate Histories Collection


Gift of Luanne Johnson

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