Ralph Wagner recalls his journey of self-discovery that led from failure in engineering to incandescent success in marketing and sales. The man who could not do calculus or write code excelled at identifying and exploiting opportunities created by computer technology. In this interview one sees that Ralph’s captivating personality is firmly ballasted by good sense and common decency. It is made evident how his interest in people was vital to the success of his many ventures.
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Topics we touched on:
Success after flunking calculus
Kurzweil Learning Systems, Ray Kurzweil
KeyFile, Jim Stenzel
Bob Moll, Moll Associates
Arthur D. Little
Meditech, Ed Roberts, Neil Pappalardo
Michael Mark, Interleaf
Steve Watson, Computerland
Visicalc, impact of the first spreadsheet software available on a personal computer
Steve Gaal, TA Associates
Walnut Venture Associates, Jim Massarelli, Data General
Julian Lange, Visicalc, Software Arts, Babson College
Microsoft Excel, Lotus 123
Eyal Shavit, Software Development Corporation, Underware, Brief, Barry Bycoff, Netegrity
Stefan Mehlhorn, Permessa, Collego, Loop Pay
Jay Singh, Dan Levin, Doron Gan, Tod Loofbourrow, ViralGains
Kendall Tucker, Polis, David Solomont