Bob Frankston Bio
|This page provides information about my professional background and
I've been working with computers since 1963 and with online
services since 1966. Though I'm proficient in the technologies, my interests
are more focused on the applications of the technologies as well a wide
range of other issues and concepts.
|While in Junior High School sat in on a class for
Hunter College faculty on how to program
their new IBM 1620.
It was taught by
Stuyvesant is one of the Science/Academic schools in New York City. Helped
start the computer curriculum. Spent time
at New York University's Courant Institute,
where I gained experience on larger systems. There is a link back to this
site on their
Received BS Degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics in 1970
and Masters and Engineers Degrees in Computer Science
(and EE) in 1974. Did graduate work at Project MAC (renamed
Laboratory for Computer Science and
now CSAIL) where I was involved in the
Multics project. My Master's Thesis
was "The Computer Utility as a Marketplace
for Computer-Based Services". One area of continuing interest is "federated"
systems. These are loosely coupled systems and databases as opposed to the
more rigid distributed systems. Also did research in the Clinical Decision
Co-founded the Student Information Processing
Board, which provided computer access to students.
White-Weld and Company in their computer research
division, which later became Interactive Data
Corporation, in various roles doing systems design and implementation.
White-Weld was one of the earliest financial information services
and used the Scientific Data Systems 940 to provide time-sharing
services. Later, at IDC, developed tools on their own version of
IBM's VM system. These projects included an interactive debugger
and a VM-based mail system (predating Profs).
||Consulted for ECD corporation in 1977 and developed a very extended
Basic for their multiprocessor 6502-based system. ECD eventually
learned the lessons of selling below cost and is no longer with
Arts in 1979 with Dan Bricklin
to develop and sell VisiCalc.
VisiCalc was the first electronic spreadsheet program and remained
a widely used program for personal computers for many years. (If
you're interested in VisiCalc history, please
send me mail.)
Lotus Development, where
I created the Lotus Express product and a Fax facility for Lotus
||Slate Corporation, working on mobile and pen-based systems.
Slate focused on pen-based and mobile computing.
where I focused on the consumer use of computers, in particular,
home networking. This effort played a central role in today's home
networks and repurposing broadband service networks for Internet
connectivity. This effort involved assuring that Windows as "Internet-ready"
as well as addressing protocol, infrastructure and working with
carriers on policy issues to create a coherent "just works" experience.
||Member of CommonAngels
concentrating on early and seed stage investements.
Awards & Honors
|I was born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York.
The current Interactive
Data Corporation site but it's a very different company from the version I
The Engineer's Degree is not as common in the United States
as in Europe. It is a degree beyond the Master's but not quite a Ph.D.
More information about MIT EECS