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I will share with you folks why I think Kaypro failed. When I was working for Andy Kay, my mission was to sell their iron to the government. I was the Armani suit wearing young blow-haired guy that worked the belt-way to stir up business. That was the job I found after my own computer business crashed and burned. NLS (Non-Linear Systems) owed my business money when they bought, but did not pay for, S-100 bus prototype hardware to develop the “KayComp.” A salesman from NLS came into my office one day and tried to set me up as a distributor for KayComp, and when I found out he was from NLS I asked him to go back to his boss and tell him to pay his invoices to me before he tried to sell me on their stuff. A good friend, who I will refer to as "Bud," has passed away, but was also an engineer from MIT and he invented the first computerized-memory based electronic cash register. IMC (Information Machines Corp.) the building where the IMC units were made is now the Santee substation for the County Sheriff. He attended MIT with Andy and helped me get an executive position working directly for Andy Kay. Anyway, when I crashed and burned, I got a job with Andy. His son, David was president. The rumor is that they copied the PC board of the Xerox 820 and stuffed it into a “portable” computer box. The “lovable luggable” to compete with the Osborne computer. The problem was that Kaypro and Osborne were employing CP/M as the operating system. I would attend meeting and tell them they needed to adopt MS-DOS to compete with the rash of IBM clones hitting the market. From the 8080, Z-80, 286, 386, 486 and then Pentium from Intel… those processors were being implemented for MS-DOS. The Kays were, for lack of a better word, arrogant. And they thought their “brand” was superior. But we had a 30% out-of-box failure rate and the clones were taking away market share. The key drivers of business purchases of computers in those days were the software app called VisiCalc for Apple, and Super-Calc for the MS-DOS crowd. Then, a smart programmer named Mitch Kapor developed Lotus 1-2-3, a superior “what if” spreadsheet application. And the rest was history. IBM knocked Apple out of the lead, MS-DOS became the King and CP/M became the relic of computer hobbyists. I sometimes pounded my fists on the table of the meeting room telling the engineers and executives that we had to migrate our processors and operating systems to MS-DOS. They would have none of it. Cont....
— August 29, 2015 6:12 p.m.