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VisiCalc co-creator Dan Bricklin chronicles his life in the computer world with pictures, text, and commentary.
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My talk on TED.com

Wed, 2017-01-11 17:01
I'm excited that a TEDx Talk I gave last November has been posted as a TED.com video. The talk is a short retelling of the VisiCalc origin story. It's a much-condensed version of a talk I've been giving for many years, updated and enhanced. I'm very happy with how it came out.

Watch the TED.com video: "Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet".

TEDxBeaconStreet, where I gave the talk, is part of the TEDx program. It is an independently-organized TED-like event, named after "...Boston’s longest street, uniting towns and cities, neighborhoods and businesses, schools and families along the way." After they are given, TED picks up some of the talks at TEDx events and posts video from those talks on TED.com.

As I've often done in the past, I wrote an essay for the Writings Section of my website chronicling the process I went through to turn my long, rambling slide show into a tight, 12-minute TEDx-style talk. Viewers of the video may find the essay of interest. It was really interesting how helpful experience with crafting understandable, 140-character tweets on Twitter were for writing a smooth, short talk. I also found the ease and non-obtrusiveness of using popular recording devices (specifically, a GoPro Hero Session and the Voice Recorder app on my iPhone) for capturing feedback when practicing in front of others to be important.

Read "The story behind my TEDx Talk" in the Writings Section.
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