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Bob Frankston, 2012

Robert M. Frankston (born June 14, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) is the co-creator with Dan Bricklin of the VisiCalc spreadsheet program and the co-founder of Software Arts, the company that developed it.


Frankston graduated in 1966 from Stuyvesant High School in New York City[1] and in 1970 from M.I.T.

Frankston has received numerous honors and awards for his work:

In recent years, Frankston has been an outspoken advocate for reducing the role of telecommunications companies in the evolution of the Internet, particularly with respect to broadband and mobile communications.[3][4] He coined the term "Regulatorium" to describe what he considers collusion between telecommunication companies and their regulators that prevents change.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Bob Frankston - bio". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  2. ^ "Bob Frankston". Computer History Museum. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  3. ^ Bob Frankston. The 2 Trillion Dollar Mistake. Presentation at Emerging Communications Conference 2008.
  4. ^ "Ambient Connectivity". Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  5. ^ "The Regulatorium and the Moral Imperative". Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  6. ^ Doc Searls. "The Infrastructure Dynamic". Retrieved 2009-12-30.

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