Bob Frankston, 2012

Robert M. Frankston (born June 14, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) is the co-creator[1] 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[2] and in 1970 from M.I.T.

Frankston has received numerous honors and awards for his work:


Following his work with Dan Bricklin, Frankston "later worked at Lotus and Microsoft."[4]

Later yearsEdit

Frankston became an outspoken advocate for reducing the role of telecommunications companies in the evolution of the Internet, particularly with respect to broadband and mobile communications.[5][6] He coined the term "Regulatorium" to describe what he considers collusion between telecommunication companies and their regulators that prevents change.[7][8]


  1. ^ Kenneth N. Gilpin; Todd S. Purdum (April 10, 1985). "Former Friendly Rivals Joining Forces at Lotus". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Bob Frankston - bio". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  3. ^ "Bob Frankston". Computer History Museum. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  4. ^ John Markoff (March 11, 2005). "Microsoft Acquires PC Pioneer's Company". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Bob Frankston. The 2 Trillion Dollar Mistake. Presentation at Emerging Communications Conference 2008.
  6. ^ "Ambient Connectivity". Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  7. ^ "The Regulatorium and the Moral Imperative". Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  8. ^ Doc Searls. "The Infrastructure Dynamic". Retrieved 2009-12-30.

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