Doug Carlston

Douglas Carlston

Tawala Systems

Doug Carlston serves as CEO of Tawala Systems, an Internet technology company he co-founded in 2005. Previously, Doug co-founded in 1980 Broderbund Software, one of the world's leading publishers of productivity and educational software, and served as CEO (1991-96) and Chairman of the Board (1981-98).

Doug currently serves on the boards of Salzburg Global Seminar, the Albanian American Enterprise Fund, the Ploughshares Fund, MoveOn PAC, Sweetwater Spectrum Foundation for Autistic Adults, and the Long Now Foundation. He is a member of the NOVA Science Visiting Council, the Board of Trustees of Dominican University, the Committee on University Resources of Harvard University and the Board of Advisors of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Doug previously served on the board of directors of the American Bank of Albania (2000-2008), Belo Corp. (2007-8), AH Belo (2008-2010), Public Radio International (1997-2009, Chairman 2004-09) and the Santa Fe Institute (1996-2005). He is also past Chairman and President of the Software Publishers Association.

Mr. Carlston received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1970 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975. 

He is the author of five published books, from Software People (Simon & Schuster, 1985) to Beginning Swahili (Butu, 1970).  He has also had many published software products and written articles, including Storing Knowledge, in Time & Bits: Managing Digital Continuity (Getty Conservation Institute, 1998).