Ed Esber

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Edward M. Esber, Jr.
Born 1952
Cleveland, Ohio, US

Edward M. Esber, Jr. is the former CEO of Ashton-Tate and initiated its sale to Borland. Esber was fired from Ashton Tate over disagreements on strategy and acquisitions with the board. Esber presently[when?] works as an angel investor in Silicon Valley.[1]


Edward Esber graduated with a BS computer engineering degree from Case Institute of Technology in 1974. He later earned a MS in electrical engineering from Syracuse University while working with IBM in 1976.[2] He then went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, in 1978.

Early life and career[edit]

Esber was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1979, Dan Flystra recruited Esber to run worldwide sales and marketing for Personal Software (later renamed VisiCorp). He has also worked for IBM and Texas Instruments[3]

He has also been appointed marketing vice-president at VisiCorp between 1979-1985.[4] While there, he helped manage distribution of the first micro-software programme, Visicalc.[4]

Ashton Tate[edit]

Esber took over Ashton Tate in 1985. During his time as CEO, Ashton-Tate acquired several companies, including Decision Resources and MultiMate.

He stepped down as chairman in May 1990, after a copy of a dBase was released with several major bugs still present.[5]

Creative Labs[edit]

In 1994, he was appointed CEO of Creative Labs.[6]


Esber was a founding member in 1997 of The Angels Forum, a professional, Silicon Valley based group of angel investors. He also is a member of the management team of The Halo Funds.[7][8] He is also a member of the Utah Capital Investment Corporation.[9]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • BusinessWeek, "25 Executives to Watch,” April 15, 1988.[10]
  • Computer Reseller News, 1985&1986, "Industry's 25 Most Influential Execs." [11]
  • Esquire Magazine, 1986 Register Honoree, Business and Industry.[12]
  • So Ca Executive, "The Southland's 100 Outstanding Leaders in 1986." [13]


Esber currently sits on the boards of Panterra Networks and is co-chair of the emeriti trustee committee of Case Western Reserve University. In the past Esber has served on the boards of Activision, Ashton Tate, Quantum Corporation, SonicBlue. Pansophic Systems, Integrated Circuits System Technology and many private companies.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Ed Esber's website". 
  2. ^ Grier, David (November 19, 2004). "Oral History of Edward M. Esber, Jr." (PDF). 
  3. ^ Inc, Ziff Davis (1985-01-22). PC Mag. Ziff Davis, Inc. 
  4. ^ a b Inc, InfoWorld Media Group (1984-07-02). InfoWorld. InfoWorld Media Group, Inc. 
  5. ^ LAZZARESCHI, CARLA (1990-05-01). "Esber Steps Down as Chief of Troubled Ashton-Tate". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  6. ^ Rajendran, Joseph (May 18, 1993). "Creative Tech hires one of Silicon Valley's top guns" (PDF). Business Times. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Angels Forum website". 
  8. ^ "The Halo Funds website". 
  9. ^ "Advisors | Utah Capital". utahcap.com. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  10. ^ "25 Executives To Watch". Businessweek. April 15, 1988. p. 150. 
  11. ^ "The Industry's 25 Most Influential Execs". Computer Reseller News [1]. 1985–1986.  External link in |magazine= (help)
  12. ^ "The 1986 Esquire Register Honorees (Business & Industry)". Esquire [2]. December 1986. p. 278.  External link in |magazine= (help)
  13. ^ "The Executive of the Year: 100 Outstanding Leaders (Computer & Technology". The Executive of Southern California. Jan–Feb 1987. p. 50. 
  14. ^ "Quantum Corporation website". 
  15. ^ "Panterra Networks website". 

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