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Educator and longtime Apple Fellow Alan Kay, called by some the father of personal computing, says that the title really belongs to Engelbart. "We were all influenced a lot by Engelbart," he says of the early pioneers of the industry. "Work he did 25 years ago is still at the cutting edge... and his organizational ideas are at least as profound." Engelbart's theories of collaboration address a particular weakness of American business: "Most corporations state their objectives and try to reach them directly," says Kay. "The problem is, they don't see the larger context. The fastest route from point A to point B is sometimes through C
Leader to Leader: Premier Issue September 1996(pp. 41-42)