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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

Cover of Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston Published by Apress
  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Contents
  4. Foreword
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. CHAPTER 1: Max Levchin Cofounder, PayPal
  8. CHAPTER 2: Sabeer Bhatia Cofounder, Hotmail
  9. CHAPTER 3: Steve Wozniak Cofounder, Apple Computer
  10. CHAPTER 4: Joe Kraus Cofounder, Excite
  11. CHAPTER 5: Dan Bricklin Cofounder, Software Arts
  12. CHAPTER 6: Mitchell Kapor Cofounder, Lotus Development
  13. CHAPTER 7: Ray Ozzie Founder, Iris Associates, Groove Networks
  14. CHAPTER 8: Evan Williams Cofounder, Pyra Labs (Blogger.com)
  15. CHAPTER 9: Tim Brady First Non-Founding Employee, Yahoo
  16. CHAPTER 10: Mike Lazaridis Cofounder, Research In Motion
  17. CHAPTER 11: Arthur van Hoff Cofounder, Marimba
  18. CHAPTER 12: Paul Buchheit Creator, Gmail
  19. CHAPTER 13: Steve Perlman Cofounder, WebTV
  20. CHAPTER 14: Mike Ramsay Cofounder, TiVo
  21. CHAPTER 15: Paul Graham Cofounder, Viaweb
  22. CHAPTER 16: Joshua Schachter Founder, del.icio.us
  23. CHAPTER 17: Mark Fletcher Founder, ONElist, Bloglines
  24. CHAPTER 18: Craig Newmark Founder, craigslist
  25. CHAPTER 19: Caterina Fake Cofounder, Flickr
  26. CHAPTER 20: Brewster Kahle Founder, WAIS, Internet Archive, Alexa Internet
  27. CHAPTER 21: Charles Geschke Cofounder, Adobe Systems
  28. CHAPTER 22: Ann Winblad Cofounder, Open Systems, Hummer Winblad
  29. CHAPTER 23: David Heinemeier Hansson Partner, 37signals
  30. CHAPTER 24: Philip Greenspun Cofounder, ArsDigita
  31. CHAPTER 25: Joel Spolsky Cofounder, Fog Creek Software
  32. CHAPTER 26: Stephen Kaufer Cofounder, TripAdvisor
  33. CHAPTER 27: James Hong Cofounder, HOT or NOT
  34. CHAPTER 28: James Currier Founder, Tickle
  35. CHAPTER 29: Blake Ross Creator, Firefox
  36. CHAPTER 30: Mena Trott Cofounder, Six Apart
  37. CHAPTER 31: Bob Davis Founder, Lycos
  38. CHAPTER 32: Ron Gruner Cofounder, Alliant Computer Systems; Founder, Shareholder.com
  39. Index
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CHAPTER 5Dan BricklinCofounder, Software Arts

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Photo by Louis Fabian Bachrach

Dan Bricklin and his friend Bob Frankston founded Software Arts in 1979 to produce VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet. Spreadsheets used to be made on paper. As a student at Harvard Business School, Bricklin thought how convenient it would be if they could be made on desktop computers instead. He wrote a prototype in Basic over a weekend, and then he and Frankston set about turning it into a product.

When their first release shipped in October 1979, it ignited the personal computer software revolution. VisiCalc was the "killer app" for personal computers: businesses ...

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