Dan Bricklin: From VisiCalc to WikiCalc

In this Super Techies video interview, the co-creator of the first digital spreadsheet offers his thoughts on software innovation past and present.

On January 2, 1978, Software Arts was founded by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston to create an electronic spreadsheet. In June of 1979, the product of their collaboration, VisiCalc, made its official debut, and the personal computer was transformed. VisiCalc has faded into software history, but it was the clear ancestor of Microsoft Excel.

In this Super Techies interview, I chat with Dan Bricklin about software innovation past and present. Bricklin discusses how he dreamed up the idea for VisiCalc, his excursion into handwriting applications for the tablet PC, and his current role as the inventor of WikiCalc, a collaborative spreadsheet program that merges financial formulas with wikis.

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Dan has more than 20 years of journalism experience. He has served as editor in chief of CBSNews.com, CNET News, ZDNet, PC Week, and MacWeek.

 

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