Where Are They Now?: 1997 Industry Hall Of Fame Inductees

Mitch Kapor

Achievements: Kapor founded Lotus Development Corp. – of which he was President and CEO from 1982 to 1986 -- and created its spreadsheet software Lotus 1-2-3. Running on IBM's new PC, Kapor's spreadsheet quickly drowned out its competitors. Lotus 1-2-3 also marked the dawn of the customer service age as one of the first major products to include built-in help and tutorials that could be brought up on the screen.

Today: Kapor left Lotus in 1986 and invested in countless internet start-ups and philanthropic groups. In 1990 Kapor co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates for the incorporation of civil liberties into digital and online rights, where he sat as chairman until 1994. More recently, Kapor was the first chairman of the Mozilla Foundation in 2003, responsible for guiding the company that released the Mozilla Web browser.


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