Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin
This week, Quartz, a digital news outlet for business people in the new global economy, interviewed Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin, creator of the first “killer app.” This article, by Jason Karaian, highlights Bricklin’s on the computing industry with the creation of VisiCalc – the first modern spreadsheet -- with Bob Frankston.
After getting Bricklin’s perspective on why the spreadsheet was/is so successful, Karaian asks Bricklin what advice he can give to developers trying to build the next killer app. The he asks Bricklin the million-dollar question: “So is there an equivalent to the spreadsheet that will someday revolutionize the mobile world?”
“What types of tools do we need on a mobile device? Entering lots of data into a spreadsheet is not it. One of the most interesting ways to input data on the mobile is the camera. It can hold so many types of information that we can’t express through other means, including emotional content. That is an area of interest. I’m sure there’s space there.
Clever people, like those who first figured out how to use spreadsheets for their business, are going to look at the capabilities of these devices and come up with new services. A lot of it is trial and error.”
Read the full interview with Dan.
Listen to another recent interview with Dan on the future of mobile apps and what he’s working on at Alpha Software.