"A personal take on the rise and fall of Digital" - Scott Kirsner writes about Harlan Anderson's split with Digital co-founder, Ken Olsen, as "a bit of history I'd never really understood. MIT professor Jay Forrester was on DEC's board, and was perennially concerned that DEC was growing too fast. Anderson tended to agree. He met privately with Forrester and shared information with him that Olsen had tried to withhold. "That was the end for me. [Olsen] viewed it as disloyalty, and he didn't want any criticism from anybody." Anderson was pushed out of Digital in 1966 and Forrester left the board that same year.
Mass High Tech News
"DEC co-founder Anderson on VCs and Route 128" - Galen Moore interviews Harlan Anderson about the venture capital industry when DEC was founded in 1957 and now. When Moore asks if the the perceived shift of innovation from Route 128 to Silicon Valley was connected to the downfall of DEC, Anderson says "I think it was peculiar to DEC. In the same time period you had companies started here in the Boston area like Lotus and EMC. I think the demise was a lack of market vision. It was never known as a company with a strong marketing. When the market changed to be software-driven and standardized, Digital was apparently hung up on proprietary software and hardware."
"DEC may be gone, but it's not forgotten" - Alan Earls writes "Long the nearly invisible partner in the original DEC duo, Anderson went on to a kind of "futurist" role, not unlike [Gordon] Bell's current job, but at Time Inc., which he joined in the mid-1960s after being squeezed out of DEC. Anderson chronicles his Midwestern roots, along with later forays into education and venture investing. While he declares in his preface that his primary goal is to leave a life story for his descendants to contemplate (he expresses regrets about how little he knows of his own grandparents), there is no doubt many others who will find this account of a life lived in the midst of business, technical and social change to be interesting and even inspiring. In particular, Anderson serves up some sharp analyses of the policies and personalities that may have contributed to the demise of Digital. And such cautionary tales are always relevant reading."
"DEC co-founder writes memoir, traces company's rise and fall" - Jim Duffy's article covers Harlan Anderson's humble beginnings on an Illinois farm up through his first interactions with computers at the University of Illinois; large-scale projects at MIT's Lincoln Lab;, and then founding, growing and watching, from afar, the ultimate demise of DEC. Anderson shares some thoughts on DEC and computer advancements in general. The article includes an excerpt from "Learn, Earn & Return."
Creative Capital Blog
"New Memoir from Computer Visionary and DEC Cofounder Harlan Anderson" - Spencer Ante, Business Week Editor and author of Creative Captial: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital, writes "When Digital first took money from American Research & Development (ARD), Anderson writes that ARD invested $70,000 for seventy percent of the company. "This deal seems ridiculous and unfair by today's standards; however, we never contacted an alternative source of capital."
Boston Globe Innovation Economy Blog
"Remembering DEC: Memoir from Co-Founder Harlan Anderson Due Out in November" - Scott Kirsner writes about Harlan Anderson's career as the co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, the first-ever science advisor for Time Inc.; a board member of Boston-based publisher International Data Group, and his contributions to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.