Robert Gaskins

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Robert Gaskins was one of the inventors of PowerPoint at Forethought, Inc.. In the early 1980s he worked for Bell Northern Research [1]

Lee Gomes wrote in The Wall Street Journal:[2]

Robert Gaskins was the visionary entrepreneur who in the mid-1980s realized that the huge but largely invisible market for preparing business slides was a perfect match for the coming generation of graphics-oriented computers.

From the jacket copy of the hardcover edition of Sweating Bullets: Notes about Inventing PowerPoint by Robert Gaskins:[3]

Robert Gaskins invented PowerPoint, drawing on ten years of interdisciplinary graduate study at UC Berkeley and five years as manager of computer science research for an international telecommunications R&D laboratory in Silicon Valley.

Many original documents written by Robert Gaskins during the early history of PowerPoint's strategy and development are online for public access.[4]


  1. ^ Robert Gaskins, Sweating Bullets: Notes about Inventing PowerPoint, (San Francisco and London: Vinland Books, 2012, 512pp), §14, pp.30−32.
  2. ^ Gomes, Lee (2007-06-20). "PowerPoint Turns 20, As Its Creators Ponder A Dark Side to Success". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Gaskins, Robert (2012). Sweating Bullets: Notes about Inventing PowerPoint. Vinland Books. ISBN 9780985142421. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Gaskins, Robert. "PowerPoint History Documents". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 

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