The Kenneth Einstein papers, which range in date from 1975 to 2001, hold materials related to Einstein's career at Ansa Software
and Borland International, as well as records from his consulting work. The collection can be divided into four parts: professional
files, conference materials, mixed reference materials, and software. The professional work files are from companies such
as Ansa Software, Borland Interactive, Upshot Corporation, and Diffusion, Inc. They include initial product concepts, product
planning documents and timelines, internal company materials, presentation materials, marketing materials, newspaper and magazine
clippings, and product documentation. The second quarter of the collection consists of materials from industry conferences,
partner meetings, and trade shows. The third quarter of the collection consists of mixed printed materials, such as reference
books, technical reports, published research papers, market forecasts, printouts of online discussion threads, and periodicals.
The final fourth of the collection is made up of packaged software and loose disks. Software formats include 5 1/4 inch floppy
disks, 3 1/2 inch floppy disks, and CDs.
Kenneth (Ken) Einstein has been a software designer in the field of user interface design and user experience for over thirty
years. In the early 1980s, Einstein attended the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. In 1985, he joined Ansa Software,
where he worked as manager of user interface design and documentation. After Ansa was acquired by Borland International in
1987, Einstein became director of application strategy. In this position he worked on the design and development of many of
Borland's products in the late 80s and early 90s. Einstein left Borland in 1993, becoming an independent consultant specializing
in user experience (UX). A notable project that he worked on was leading the UX design and implementation effort for MCI Friends
and Family Mail (FFM). The goal of the product was to create a mass market service that anyone who could make a phone call
could use to send and receive emails. The project was scrapped in 1995 when the World Wide Web grew increasingly powerful,
thus making MCI's project no longer viable. After the FFM project, Einstein worked in the design and development of products
at a number of startups, including Diffusion, Inc. and Upshot Corporation. As of 2018, Einstein still works as a consultant
in Silicon Valley.
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