Interview with Peter Cunningham

“Three things we were very successful at: one is forecasting the market, and not just for software, but for software and services and to a certain extent the use of technology broadly in the economy, the consumer level, the government level and the business level.

Secondly we were very successful at growing people; I think everybody that worked for us was more valuable when they left than when they came in.

The third thing that we are very successful at was in building perhaps what you’re now call an ethical company. We had a very good balance of women executives and male executives and we didn’t do it to be diverse, we did it because they were the right people for the job.  We were also integrated in terms of race, origin and sexual preference and it wasn’t done because “it was the right thing to do” from a social thing, it was done because it was the right thing to do for the business environment.”

Peter Cunningham started in the computer industry in 1964 in the UK and moved to the US in 1967. In 1974 he founded INPUT, a software and services market research company, in Menlo Park; they sold it in 2010.  The thousands of IT Software and Services reports produced by INPUT from 1975 to 2000 are available on the website www.inputicenter.com They include the Internet forecasts from the early ‘90s used by many of the early vendors as well as profiles of companies that are now mostly defunct!’

He is the founder and CEO of Kinscape (www.kinscape.com) a web social service for families and an investor in companies in the US, Europe and the Cayman Islands.

Peter was interviewed by Richard Sharpe for Archives of IT.


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