Remember when Michael Dell was a UT Austin student? Remember when, 32 years ago, he started a little company he named PC's Limited?
On Tuesday, the company is celebrating its 32nd birthday. That comes after Michael Dell announced on Monday that the company would change its name to Dell Technologies once it completes its $67 billion merger with data storage giant EMC Corp.
Michael Dell wrote in a letter to employees on Monday, discussing the coming changes:
Tomorrow is Dell’s 32nd birthday, and today, I’m taking the stage at EMC World to stand in front of nearly 14,000 customers, partners, users and developers and speak with them about creating their most important technology partner.
I am also going to announce the name of our combined company, and I wanted you to be among the first to know that after the close of the transaction, our family of businesses will officially be known as Dell Technologies.
Dell Technologies will include the combined technologies, companies and brands of Dell, EMC, VMware, Pivotal, SecureWorks, RSA and Virtustream.
Michael Dell was a pre-med freshman at UT when he started his personal computer company. He dropped out soon after he incorporated PC's Limited into Dell Computer Corporation and moved the operation to a North Austin business facility, where the whole company employed a few order takers and "three guys with screwdrivers sitting at six-foot tables."
Dell finished his letter with an emotional send-off:
It’s hard to believe the success we’ve had during the last 32 years. Our little start-up has generated more than $935 billion in cumulative revenue, and we’ve invested in our team members, our capabilities and innovation to create ever more customer value. Now with the EMC transaction moving forward as planned, I think we’re about to get a whole lot bigger and able to do a whole lot more for customers. You better believe the best is yet to come.
Happy birthday, Dell Technologies!
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