Mitch Kapor would be a valuable speaker to Bucknell’s campus. Known as one of the first people in the microcomputer industry to identify his work as software designing, he has achieved both success and recognition. All of us want to be successful in our respective career paths, and that is something that Kapor has done time and time again. He was the co-founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lopus 1-2-3, a program that is a spreadsheet, graphics package and database manager all in one, which is currently part of IBM’s software. Later on he proceeded to co-found the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization working with the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, access to public resources and information online, and also to promote responsibility in new media today. He also has experience in investing through is involvement at a venture capitalist firm, and is currently an active investor through Kapor Capital and responsible for major investments in the past few years.
With more than 30 years of experience behind him, I believe that Kapor would be a valuable speaker because not only can he speak to us and give us advice on how to be successful in the business world, but he can also speak to us today specifically about the Electronic Frontier Foundation. With online privacy becoming such a popular topic in today’s society, he can speak to us about our online rights, privacy, and ethical conduct on what is and is not acceptable in the online community.