Daniel Bricklin is CTO of Alpha Software Corporation and president of Software Garden, a consulting firm and developer of software applications he founded in 1985. Its most popular product is Note Taker HD for the Apple iPad and his Demo Program won the 1986 and 1987 Software Publishers Association Award for Best Programming Tool. Bricklin is best known for co-developing VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet, while a student at the Harvard Business School. VisiCalc is widely credited for fueling the rapid growth of the personal computer industry.
In 1990, Bricklin cofounded Slate Corporation to develop application software for pen computers and five years later founded Trellix Corporation, a provider of website publishing technology, which was acquired by Interland in 2003. Bricklin also founded Software Arts, where he served as chairman of the board and executive vice president from 1979 until 1985.
Bricklin is a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Software Council, now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. He has received many honors for his contributions to the computer industry, including the IEEE Computer Society's Computer Entrepreneur Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Software Publishers Association, and a CHM Fellow Award in 2004. Bricklin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Newbury College and was elected to be a member of the National Academy of Engineering.