Software Arts

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Software Arts
Company typePrivate
HeadquartersCambridge, Massachusetts, Newton, Massachusetts
Key people
Co-founders Dan Bricklin, Bob Frankston
ProductsVisiCalc, TK/Solver, Spotlight

Software Arts was a software company founded by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston in 1979[1] to develop VisiCalc, which was published by a separate company, Personal Software Inc., later named VisiCorp.

Software Arts also developed TK!Solver,[2] a numeric equation solving system originally developed by Milos Konopasek, and Spotlight, "a desktop organizer for the I.B.M. Personal Computer."[2]

By early 1984 InfoWorld estimated that Software Arts was the world's 13th-largest microcomputer-software company, with $12 million in 1983 sales.[3] It was bought by Lotus in 1985.[4]


  1. ^ Kenneth N. Gilpin; Todd S. Purdum (April 10, 1985). "Former Friendly Rivals Joining Forces at Lotus". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b David E. Sanger (April 9, 1985). "Lotus Set to Acquire Software Arts". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Caruso, Denise (1984-04-02). "Company Strategies Boomerang". InfoWorld. Vol. 6, no. 14. pp. 80–83. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  4. ^ Sanger, David E. (1985-04-09). "Lotus Set to Acquire Software Arts (Published 1985)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-18.

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