“One For The History Books” Workshop

September 24, 2000
Palo Alto, CA

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 (the predecessor to the Software Industry Special Interest Group) 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. Transcript.

Attendees:

Brizdle, Barbara Johnson, Luanne
Campbell-Kelly, Martin Kolence, Ken
Cunningham, Peter LaHay, Ed
Frana, Phil Phillips, Jan
Glaser, George Piscopo, Joe
Goetz, Martin Roditti, Esther
Goetz, Norma Schoenberg, Larry
Grad, Burt Welke, Larry
Harris, Peter Welke, Nissey
Harris, Niki Whitlow, Duane
Hines, Karol Yost, Jeff
Jerger, Doug

Companies Represented:

ADPAC, ADR, AGS, Argonaut Information Systems, Boole & Babbage, Fortex, ICP, INPUT, Pansophic Systems, Ross Systems, Syncsort, Tymshare

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