A Retrospective on Where We Have Been and Where We are Going

Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 7:00pm
Bob Frankston

Bob Frankston is best known as coinventor (with Dan Bricklin) of the spreadsheet. Back then he was primarily the implementor, while Dan was the entrepreneurial visionary. Today he is an industry observer, commentator and "angel" investor (an expensive hobby) trying to influence the direction we are heading.

Lecturer Biography: 

Bob has been working with computers since 1963. He graduated MIT with 2 degrees in 1970 and continued in graduate school, where he worked on the Multics project. In 1979 he jumped ship from the mainframe world to the PC industry and co-founded Software Arts with Dan Bricklin, where he implemented Dan's concept of VisiCalc. Bob was at Lotus Development from 1986 to 1990 where he created Lotus Express (and started lotus.com). At Microsoft from 1993 to 1998 he championed home networking. He is now pursuing a number of projects and is trying to explain what this internet thing really is. See his web page http://www.frankston.com for more information and some essays.