Alpha DevCon Engineering Roundtables

The People


Richard Rabins, CEO and Co-Chairman

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

Selwyn Rabins, President and Co-Chairman

Selwyn Rabins co-founded Alpha Software with his brother Richard and focuses on the overall design and creation of Alpha’s products. He also was President of SoftQuad International Inc. in the late 1990s, when it owned Alpha Software. Prior to co-founding Alpha, Selwyn worked for Interactive Data/Chase Econometrics, where he developed a passion for the design of data-driven business applications. He also served as Director of Strategic Intelligence at Analog Devices, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic instrumentation and integrated circuits. Selwyn holds a master's degree in finance from the Sloan School at MIT and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dan Bricklin, Chief Technology Officer

Dan Bricklin oversees product and technology at Alpha Software. Dan has a storied history in the software industry and is known as the "father of the electronic spreadsheet." With Bob Frankston, he co-founded Software Arts, developer of VisiCalc, the spreadsheet program that helped launch the personal computing industry. His most recent product is Note Taker HD, a popular iPad notetaking app he wrote in Objective-C for iOS. Dan also developed in JavaScript the full-featured SocialCalc spreadsheet program for Socialtext and the One Laptop Per Child's XO computer. He also is known for the award-winning Dan Bricklin's Demo Program for the IBM PC. Bricklin is a Fellow of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer History Museum, and received the IEEE Computer Society Computer Entrepreneur Award for pioneering the development and commercialization of the spreadsheet. He is a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Dan holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.

Dan Bricklin

Chief Technology Officer

"To me, what has always set Alpha's products apart from most of the other development environments and made it so appropriate for a very wide range of users has been the combination of power along with speed and ease of use. Mobile is making the developer's job much harder as end users expect a myriad of task-specific applications on short notice while still requiring full-powered applications on the desktop. Alpha is addressing this problem in a unique and valuable way. I am excited to be joining the team as we continue to innovate in the use of computing in business."

Kurt Rayner, VP Research and Development

Kurt Rayner drives product architecture in areas including object modeling, language, code generation, and database integration. With more than 25 years of experience, Kurt's passion is creating architectures for tools that empower developers to build sophisticated, cost-effective business applications. Prior to joining Alpha, Kurt ran a software development consultancy, directed the development team for PowerBuilder at Sybase Inc., and developed software and managed development teams at Boston Financial Data Services, Cullinet Software, and Foxboro. He holds master's degrees in computer science from Boston University, and education counseling from Boston State College, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Barrington College.

Bob Moore, VP Mobile Technology

Bob Moore leads Alpha Software's mobile effort and is responsible for all mobile-related research and development. He has deep experience in all of the major HTML5 mobile frameworks. Prior to joining Alpha in 2010, Bob founded two companies, Micromedia Studios, focused on developing and deploying multimedia and mobile websites, and Digital Control Systems, one of the first authorized Autodesk resellers. Bob served in the United States Navy and holds a bachelor's degree in business and mathematics from Sacred Heart University.

Brett Johnston, VP Services

Brett Johnston oversees all national and international sales operations working with the company's partners, and manages all business functions relating to sales and service issues, including monitoring a remote call center, and overseeing partner programs. Prior to joining Alpha Software in 2003, Brett ran a consulting and IT recruitment company in South Africa. Before that he was a corporate account manager for SBC Communications. Brett holds a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of South Africa.

Amy Groden-Morrison, VP Marketing

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.

Morris Porter, VP Sales

Morris Porter excels at building and growing sales teams and revenue, particularly in early-stage companies. Morris was the VP of Sales for, growing the sales revenue, culminating in the company's acquisition by WebEx and WebEx's later acquisition by Cisco. Morris went on to build a new business unit at Citrix, growing a team of 12 into 85 successful sales professionals.

Dave McCormick, VP of Product Management

Dave has a long history with Alpha and has a deep understanding of developers and the information they need to make informed decisions. He has developed numerous videos, print tutorials and other materials that make the developer's job easier. Dave joined the company in 1992, and served as support engineer, technical writer, and documentation department manager. Between 1998 and 2005, Dave was at Stumpworld Systems and was product manager for Online Merchant/Online Merchant Gold, which became the best-selling e-commerce application in the U.S. retail market. Prior to rejoining Alpha in In 2006, Dave started A5-Online, a hosting provider for Alpha Five Web applications. Dave received an Award of Achievement from the Society for Technical Communication for the Alpha Five User's Guide in 1995. He holds a bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Arizona.

Dave Benton, Chief Financial Officer

Dave Benton is responsible for the finance and administrative functions at Alpha Software. Dave has over twenty years of experience in finance, particularly within the software industry. Dave was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Progress Software for 15 years and was part of the management team that grew the company from $140M to over $500M. While at Progress, Dave was responsible for all aspects of the finance organization including accounting, SEC reporting, tax, treasury, planning & analysis and internal controls. Dave also worked at Deloitte & Touche for five years, where he rose to audit manager in the firm's high tech practice.


Joseph Alsop, Advisor and Board Member

Currently a venture partner at Alsop Louie Partners and an Alpha Software board member, Joseph Alsop co-founded Progress Software, a global supplier of application infrastructure software used to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications. Under Alsop's watch as CEO, the company attracted 100,000 customers in 140 countries and had more than a half-billion dollars in revenues. During his tenure, more than 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies depended on Progress to help develop and deploy new software applications. In his role with Alsop Louie Partners, he is investing in and working with information technology companies in Massachusetts. Joe is also an investor in Alpha Software.

John Cullinane, Advisor

In 1968 John Cullinane founded Cullinane Corporation, the first successful software products company, proving wrong industry gurus who said it could not be done and that there was no future in software. Known for its integrated application development platform for both mainframes and PCs, the company's IDMS product still maintains some of the largest databases in the world. Cullinane was drawn to Alpha by its new product, Alpha Anywhere, which he believes represents a technology breakthrough as the first complete application development environment for mobile devices and personal computers. In November 2012, Cullinane received the prestigious Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, and was credited with creating the foundation for the "Big Data" industry in Massachusetts. John is also an investor in Alpha Software.

John Cullinane


"It's impressive to watch Alpha become the technology leader in the mobile application development field as it positions its competitors on the defensive with the first system designed to address the key management and technical problems associated with the great complexities of creating applications, such as operating in an offline mode."

David Patrick, Advisor

David brings a tremendous wealth of experience in enterprise products and organization growth, and has a track record of success in creating and growing technology companies. Most recently, he was CEO of Apperian, a leading mobile app management company; and CEO of XKOTO, a cross platform enterprise database virtualization software company, which was acquired by Teradata. Prior to Xkoto, David was VP & General Manager at Novell, where he managed the $450 million division that included Novell’s SUSE LINUX and Netware operating systems, collaboration products and a number of emerging open source technologies. David joined Novell in 2003, as part of the acquisition of Ximian, a leading LINUX and open source software company, where he was President and CEO. Before Ximian, David served as president of Worldwide Sales and Operations for The Learning Company – an $800 million consumer software company acquired by Mattel in 1999 – and as president of worldwide sales and operations at Mattel Interactive.

Board of Directors

Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman
Selwyn Rabins, Co-Chairman
Joseph Alsop

Joseph Alsop

Advisor and Board Member

"The key issues for a prospective customer are assessing a potential partner's people and products. At Progress Software, the company I co-founded, great people produced great products and had a positive impact on the way business applications are developed and deployed. I have experienced the same at Alpha Software, where the focus is delivering a complete environment for building and deploying business applications - for mobile and more. That's why I joined the team."