Bill Godbout

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Bill Godbout was an early computer pioneer and entrepreneur known for manufacturing and selling computer equipment, parts and electronic kits in Silicon Valley, before the time of the Apple II.[1][2]

He and his company Godbout Electronics (and later CompuPro and Viasyn) were very influential in the early years of the personal computer market.[3][4] Together with George Morrow, he worked on the IEEE-696 better known as the very popular S-100 bus.[5]

He is featured in the book The Silicon Boys, 1999 by David A. Kaplan about the pioneers of Silicon Valley.[6]


  1. ^ the Surplus Connection
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  Selling surplus parts
  3. ^ Shea, Tom (May 21, 1984). "Q&A: William Godbout". InfoWorld. 6 (21): 64. ISSN 0199-6649. 
  4. ^ Pournelle, Jerry (April 1985). "Over the Moat". BYTE. p. 355. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  5. ^ the development of the S-100 bus
  6. ^ "Bill Godbout". NameBase. Retrieved 2012-01-20. [dead link]