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Mitch Kapor

Mitch Kapor
Born (1950-11-01) November 1, 1950
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Alma mater Yale University (B.A., 1971)
Beacon College of Boston (M.S., 1978)
MIT Sloan School of Management
Known for Lotus 1-2-3 and co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation

Mitchell David Kapor (Listen ),[1] born November 1, 1950,[2][3] is the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3.[2][4] He is also a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the first chair of the Mozilla Foundation.[2]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • 4 Articles
  • Bibliography 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Kapor was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended public schools on Long Island in Freeport, New York,[2] where he graduated from high school in 1967.[2] In 1966, he studied astronomy at the Summer Science Program. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1971 and studied psychology, linguistics and computer science as part of an interdisciplinary major in cybernetics.[2][5] Kapor served as Music Director and Program Director at Yale's radio station WYBC-FM. He also studied in the master's program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.[6] Kapor attended the now defunct Beacon College of Boston, with a satellite campus in Washington D.C.[7]


Kapor worked as head of development at VisiCorp (the marketers of VisiCalc) and selling the rights to his products VisiPlot and VisiTrend to VisiCorp. Shortly after Kapor left VisiCorp, he co-designed and developed an integrated spreadsheet and graphing program. Kapor founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 with Jonathan Sachs, Kapor served as the President (later Chairman) and Chief Executive Officer of Lotus from 1982 to 1986 and as a Director until 1987.

In 1990, with fellow digital rights activists ON Technology introduced the product On Location.[8] In 2001, Kapor founded the Open Source Applications Foundation, where he worked on Chandler Project. His involvement with the Foundation and Project ended in 2008. Kapor became the Chair of the Mozilla Foundation at its inception in 2003. In 2006, Kapor founded Foxmarks (later renamed as Xmarks), based in San Francisco.[9]

Kapor was a founding investor in UUNET Technologies, an early Internet service provider.[2] Kapor was Chairman of the Commercial Internet eXchange,[10] Kapor was the original Chair and serves on the Board of Directors of Linden Lab, a San Francisco-based company, and he is a member of the Advisory Board for the Wikimedia Foundation.[11]

He is the founder of the Kapor Center for Social Impact (formerly the Kapor Foundation) and a partner at its venture arm, Kapor Capital, and is a director at the Level Playing Field Institute.

Personal life

He is married to Freada Kapor Klein and resides in Oakland.[12] Both served on the Board of Trustees of the Summer Science Program from 2004 to 2006. He was a student of the program in 1966.[13]

Kapor serves on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation.[14] In May 2009, after founder Susan P. Crawford had joined the Obama administration, Kapor took over chairmanship of OneWebDay - the "Earth Day for the internet". In 1996, the Computer History Museum named him a Museum Fellow "for his development of Lotus 1-2-3, the first major software application for the IBM PC."[15] He founded the Mitchell Kapor Foundation to support his philanthropic interests in environmental health. He also co-founded, and is on the board of, the Level Playing Field Institute, a 501c(3) dedicated to fairness in education and workplaces.



See also


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mitchell Kapor: Biography Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Computer Hope (2012). Computer history - 1940 - 1960. Computer Hope. Retrieved on 2012-02-17 from
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  8. ^ New York Times. " New Retrieval Software By On Technology Inc." by John Markoff. January 22, 1990.
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  12. ^ [3] New York Times, "Oakland: Brooklyn by the Bay", by Matt Haber, May 2, 2014
  13. ^ Cringely, Robert X. "Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date", Addison-Wesley, 1996, p95
  14. ^ Board and Advisory Board Sunlight Foundation, February 14, 2011
  15. ^ [4]

External links

  • Mitch Kapor's weblog archives
  • Inside Mitch Kapor's World
  • Why WorldHeritage is the next big thingMitch Kapor's
  • Wikimania 2006 bio
  • How to build a successful company, Mitch speaking at Stanford (podcast & video)
  • Kapor Center For Social Impact
  • Kapor Capital
  • Mitch Kapor interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the network
  • Works by Mitch Kapor at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Mitch Kapor at Internet Archive
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