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.

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3 responses »

  1. bmp007 says:

    Similar to Richard Stallman, I believe that it would be fascinating and insightful to listen to a man who truly understands the possible consequences of the Piracy Act. I wonder how Kapor would go about promoting responsibility in media without infringing upon public interest?

  2. scoutberger says:

    I agree with Hannah’s point that Mitch Kapor would be a captivating and valuable speaker to bring to Bucknell’s campus. Clearly Kapor has had huge business success but has also specifically worked with software and technology. As we know, technology is rapidly growing and is becoming a more prominent part of every day life. Our generation is considered to be “tech-savy” and I think someone as influential as Mitch Kapor would be a valuable and rewarding experience.

    I also think Hannah made an excellent point about the fact that online privacy and piracy is a “hot topic” right now. I personally feel that I am not nearly as informed about the subject matter as I should be and I would love to learn about online rights, privacy, and other information on what is going on in the online community.

  3. Mike M says:

    I agree that Kapor would be a great speaker for Bucknell, especially considering his interest and expertise in the area of online piracy which is a very popular topic right now. It would be interesting to hear his views on the SOPA and PIPA acts which were recently proposed in congress as well as his views on online piracy overall and how it should be handled.

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