Just reading about Mitch Kapor starting Lotus ( thanks Alan L )
If a 2011 startup did this everyone would be amazed
Kapor founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 ....... Lotus' first year of operations, the company achieved revenues of $53,000,000 and had a successful public offering.
In 1984 the company tripled in revenue to $156,000,000. The number of employees grew to over a thousand by 1985.Lotus' first product was presentation software for the Apple II known as Lotus Executive Briefing System. Kapor founded Lotus after working as head of development at VisiCorp (the marketers of VisiCalc) and selling the rights to his products VisiPlot and VisiTrend to VisiCorp.Shortly after Kapor left VisiCorp, Sachs and he designed and developed an integrated spreadsheet and graphing program. Even though IBM and VisiCorp collaborated on VisiCalc for the PC and VisiCalc shipped simultaneously with the PC, Lotus had a superior product. Lotus released Lotus 1-2-3 in January 1983. The name referred to the three ways the product could be used: as a spreadsheet, a graphics package, and a database manager. The last function was seldom used. 1-2-3 was the most powerful spreadsheet available in the new PC-compatible market; sales were enormous, turning Lotus into the largest independent software vendor in the world almost overnight. The business plan had called for $1,000,000 in sales in the first year, but the actual results were $53,000,000.Kapor was also the fundamental architect of the "free-form" database application, Lotus Agenda.