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An Interview with Industry Legend Dan Bricklin

Dan Bricklin


Dan Bricklin, CTO of Alpha Software

This week, Kevin Benedict of Cognizant released a two-part interview with Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin in Ulitzer. Benedict introduces Dan, explaining:

“I am excited to share an interview I conducted yesterday in Boston with a member of software programming royalty, Dan Bricklin.  Dan was the co-developer of the world's first software "killer app", Visicalc.  Visicalc, a spreadsheet app for the Apple II series of personal computers, was so popular in the 1980s, that companies spent thousands of dollars on computers just to run the $100 software program.  Dan worked closely with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates many others in the early years of personal computers.”


Kevin Bendict interviewed Bricklin at the recent M-Enterprise Boston, where 50 senior-level IT executives gathered with innovators in the mobile industry to understand what is coming next and how they can apply those technologies and strategies to their business. During the interview with Benedict, Bricklin discusses the impact Visicalc had on computing; his latest development work, including a top 50 Apple Store app; and how the latest generation of tablets and mobile devices are evolving businesses ability to build powerful B2B and B2B apps that can make field employees’ jobs much easier.

Bricklin explains that he joined Alpha Software because it was focused on serving people who could code, but were more focused on quickly solving business problems. He discusses the benefit of Alpha’s front-end and back-end platform, Alpha Anywhere; and how the platform is uniquely designed to solve one of the pressing issues for mobile app development: building thousands – if not millions – of B2B mobile-optimized business forms that power everyday business.

To watch Kevin Benedict’s full interview with Dan Bricklin, click the links below:

Read another interview with Dan Bricklin on how he re-imagining business forms in the age of tablets and smartphones.

Alpha Anywhere customers can also register to get access to the tablet-optimized beta.
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Amy Groden-Morrison
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Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.