CE Software was a West Des Moines-based business founded in 1981 as the development arm of the Computer Emporium, a computer hardware and software retailer started by Richard Skeie in 1978. CE Software published Donald Brown's SwordThrust in 1981.
Beginning with just five employees in early 1981, CE Software released as its first product Donald Brown's SwordThrust, the commercial successor to his earlier Eamon; later products focused on business applications for the Apple Macintosh. The company incorporated in January 1987 under the leadership of founders Richard Skeie, Donald Brown, and John S. Kirk; in April 2004 it went private and became Startly Technologies.
- SwordThrust (1981) by Donald Brown
- Mission Escape (1981) by Jim Jacobson
- Wall Street (1981) by Donald Brown
- QuickMail (1987)
- QuicKeys (August 1987)