On this day in 1911, the venerable Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company was founded. You’re probably more familiar with the company after their 1924 name change to International Business Machines or IBM. Since its humble beginnings, Big Blue has gone on to be one of the largest and most profitable companies in the US and helped pave the way for the modern computing industry.
In 100 years, the company has gone from selling cheese cutters and punch-clocks to laptops and supercomputers that not only won our hearts but our gameshows as well. With that kind of history, one wonders what the upstart tech companies we see today will look like in a century’s time, and how many will last anywhere near that long.
Happy Birthday, Big Blue.
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