Bob Frankston

Bob Frankston, 2012

Robert (Bob) 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. 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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