Appendix A Additional Information on AutoCAD

Who makes AutoCAD?

As you may already know, AutoCAD is designed and marketed by Autodesk®, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a software giant headquartered in San Rafael, California. Its website (a good resource center) is The company was founded in 1982 by programmer John Walker and his associates and went public in 1985 (see the history). Walker was one of AutoCAD’s early developers, building on original source code purchased from another programmer, Michael Riddle. Autodesk today is headed by president and CEO Carl Bass, has over 7300 employees (down after some layoffs in early 2009), and posted revenues of $2.315 billion in FY 2009. Although the company now has more than 90 software ...

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