Ray Ozzie on Lotus Notes and Slow Hunch Innovation
Steven Berlin Johnson
OCTOBER 24, 2011
SJ: How did the idea for Lotus Notes come about? RO: The Lotus Notes is story is one of those situations where I and several other people––the people who ended up being my cofounders—were exposed to a system that we couldn’t shake. But this Plato system was built by this creative eccentric, Don Bitzer, who believed that computers could change education. And there was this thing called Notes that did e-mail, personal notes, and discussions, group notes.