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TED Talk: “A Problem That Changed The World”-Alpha's CTO Dan Bricklin

Steve Jobs once told an interviewer that “if VisiCalc had been developed for another computer, you’d be interviewing somebody else.”

We’re pleased to announce that has selected a presentation by Alpha Software Corporation’s CTO, Dan Bricklin, as a featured TED Talk on the website.  “A Problem that Changed the World presented by Dan Bricklin” was originally presented at TEDxBeaconStreet, and discusses how Bricklin first conceived of and built his “killer app” for business computing, VisiCalc. VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet computer program, originally released for the Apple II. It is often considered the application that turned the microcomputer from a hobby for computer enthusiasts into a serious business tool.

Alpha Software Corporation CTO Dan Bricklin TED Talk: "A Problem that Changed the World"

Alpha Software Corporation CTO Dan Bricklin TED Talk: "A Problem that Changed the World"

2017 TED Talk: “A Problem that Changed the World” by Dan Bricklin

Dan Bricklin wanted to streamline his work at Harvard Business School, and he wound up changing the world of computing forever. Learn what led him to develop this revolutionary tool and see the thought process behind some of Alpha Software’s new user experience innovations today.

Watch Dan Bricklin’s TED Talk


Bricklin now works as CTO at Alpha Software Corporation, where he helps create products to make it easier for business people to build web and mobile applications. You can read additional posts about Bricklin’s recent work and read his personal blog.
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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

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.

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.