From the moment in 1963 when he ran his first program on an IBM mainframe 1620, Seymour Rubinstein knew that his career was in computing. What he didn’t know was the effect his breakthrough inventions and programs would have on the dynamic growth of the personal computer industry
Seymour Rubinstein’s groundbreaking word processor, WordStar, was the first software that gave professionals, researchers, and students a reason to buy a personal computer. Released in 1979 by MicroPro International, the company he founded and led as CEO from 1978 to 1983, WordStar was the first commercially successful application for the personal computer. WordStar was also the first software application to be localized into 42 languages – including Japanese. The product sold more than 23 million copies of the program, creating a $70 million valuation for MicroPro when the company went public in 1984.
WordStar’s success significantly advanced the dynamic growth of the personal computer industry, not only through the sale of hardware and Intel microprocessors but also by the increased demand for software applications. Within a few years of its introduction, millions of office workers worldwide had moved from typewriters to computers.
Seymour pioneered several practices that accelerated the growth of the software industry, including the introduction of the end user software licensing agreement, which he created on his own and which today is now standard in the industry. He also pioneered the practice of creating distribution agreements with foreign vendors, which led to the widespread dominance of US software that still persists today.
In addition to setting groundbreaking industry standards, Seymour is the owner and author of WebSleuth, a discovery tool that preceded Google by several years. Many of the features pioneered by WebSleuth were later adopted by most of the major search engines in use today.
Read more about this game-changing pioneer in Highlights of Seymour Rubinstein’s Career.