Dave is a programmer, entrepreneur, writer, and to some, a gadfly. The word “gadfly,” by the way, means “an annoying person, especially one who provoke others into action by criticism.”
That’s Dave all right…and I mean that in a positive way.
We first met when I was a software evangelist for the Macintosh Division, and he was the CEO of a software company called Living Videotext. My job was to convince people like him to create Macintosh versions of their products.
He delivered. The first version of his product was ThinkTank. I loved how it enabled you to think, plan, and communicate in outline format. The second version of the product was More. It enabled people to take an outline and easily display it as a presentation slide with borders and bullet items.
In addition to making outlining a mainstream product, Dave made great contributions, if not invented, to technology such as blogging, RSS, and podcasting. As Dave explains, technology is not created in a discrete event, so it’s difficult to identify the exact inventor, but there is no doubt that Dave’s work has touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people.
In recognition of his contributions, InfoWorld named him as one of the “Top Ten Technology Innovators” in 2002. Dave was a resident fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Dave has a BA in math from the University of Tulane, and an MS in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
More than any other episode, this is a conversation, as opposed to an interview, between two old friends who have not talked or seen each other for years. I hope you enjoy it.
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