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Meet Our Board Members: Dan Bricklin, CTO, Alpha Software Corporation

MassTLC’s Board of Trustees consists of innovative leaders from across the tech industry, academia, and the broader Massachusetts business community. Our trustees have invented foundational apps that we now take for granted, created companies that are household names, dedicated themselves to using their technology to improve lives, trained business leaders, invested in the local economy, and much more.


Dan Bricklin

CTO, Alpha Software Corporation

Dan Bricklin is CTO of Alpha Software Corporation, which produces software that speeds mobile and web app development and deployment for business and IT. He is also president of Software Garden, Inc., a small consulting firm and developer of software applications that he founded in 1985. Its most popular product is Note Taker HD for the Apple iPad. Mr. Bricklin is best known for codeveloping VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet, while he was a student at HBS. VisiCalc is widely credited for fueling the rapid growth of the personal computer industry. Until early 2004, Mr. Bricklin served as CTO of Interland, Inc., after it acquired his previous company, Trellix Corporation, in 2003. Prior to founding Trellix in 1995, he served as president of Software Garden, Inc., where he developed a variety of software programs, including Dan Bricklin’s Demo Program. Mr. Bricklin also cofounded Slate Corporation, a developer of application software for pen computers, as well as Software Arts, the developer of VisiCalc. Prior to forming Software Arts, he had been a market researcher for Prime Computer Inc., a senior systems programmer for FasFax Corporation, and a senior software engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Bricklin is a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council) and has served on the boards of the Software Publishers Association and the Boston Computer Society. Mr. Bricklin has received many honors for his contributions to the computer industry from the ACM, IEEE, MIT, PC Magazine, the Western Society of Engineers, and numerous others. Mr. Bricklin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Newbury College, and was elected to be a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Leadership Roles

  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies IT Advisory Board


  • Companies: DEC, Software Arts, Software Garden, Slate Corporation, Trellix, Socialtext, Alpha Software
  • Roles: Founder, CTO, Consultant
  • University Affiliations: MIT (BS), Harvard Business School (MBA)


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