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March 13, 1986: Microsoft’s Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO)

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March 13, 1986: Microsoft gets an IPO

1986-$21.00 a share was the first price for stock in Microsoft. 2.5 million shares were sold, raising the price to 27.75 and netting the company 61 million initially. Since then, the highest it has gone was 57.91 on Dec 24th, 1999. Yet with about 10 stock splits and several dividends in the 24 years, people definitely got their money’s worth. If you would have purchased 100 shares in 1986 and let those shares ride until today, you would have 102,400 shares of stock at appx. $29 a share.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 13

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  • Apple and Bandai demonstrate the Pippin Atmark Multimedia computer
  • JTS sells Atari to HIACXI
  • Jerry Jalava gets the first prothstetic thumb drive
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March 1, 1976: Steve Wozniak Builds His First Computer

Steve Wozniak

March 1, 1976: Steve Wozniak

1976 - Steve Wozniak, an employee at Hewlett Packard (at the time), builds his first computer motherboard. He showed it off at the Homebrew club, where he was inspired. Steve Jobs meets up with Woz, where he convinces him to keep the design (not to sell it). They will then join up to create the Apple 1 computer.

Of course, that computer only sold 200, but it was the segway to the Apple II, one of the best selling computers of all time.Read more from the book: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colorful Company

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 1

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  • LISP Programmers Manual is released
  • Palm Inc gets it’s first IPO
  • MSNBC.com launches Newsvine
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December 23, 2008: Santa Found via Google Earth

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Google Earth

2008 - Santa Claus is spotted on Google Earth. Of course the story of St. Nicholas is an interesting one that doesn’t really involve religion. But now we know where he resides, thanks to Google!

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 23

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December 12: Apple Files Initial Public Offering

Apple

1980 - Apple Computer goes up for their Initial Public Offering and makes a statement in the market. Using the symbol “AAPL“, Apple shares started at $22 – but sell out within minutes. By the end of the day, shares rose to $29. The market value became 1.8 Billion, which, in turn, made employees and investors pretty rich – Steve Jobs reports $217 Million, being the largest shareholder. It beat out Ford Motor when it went IPOV (IPO Viral).

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 12

  • OSCAR I goes into orbit
  • Christopher Cockerell patents the Hovercraft
  • FidoNet #1 Hard drive failure
  • Gawker.com is hacked and full email, password information was up on the Pirate Bay
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November 7, 2000: Pets.com Closes, Dot Com Bubble Bursts

Pets dot com sock puppet

Pets.com sock puppet was the most popular part of Pets.com

2000 - It was a time that would be known as when the Bubble burst. The event technically happened on March 10, 2000. Since that time,  dot com-ers began losing their sites and livelihood. Although Pets.com had a pretty good run and marketing strategy, they didn’t have the momentum to keep investors on board. The company worked hard at trying to sell, but even the puppet mascot of a dog holding a microphone wasn’t enough to reel in an interested buyer. The only good sales at Pets.com were the sock puppets, which was eventually sold upon bankruptcy to a company called Bar None – an auto loan firm.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 7

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  • IBM and Motorola shun Microsoft on a new computer platform
  • Atari makes IPO
  • the Craigslist bandit
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November 6, 1995: Voodoo 3D Accelerator Released

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3Dfx logo

1995 - 3DFX releases the much anticipated Voodoo 3D acceleerator. QuakeGL becomes the first game using the Voodoo 3D. Hi-resolution rendering was it’s advantage. 3Dfx would continue to make the VooDoo until NVidia acquires the rights. 3Dfx would ultimately file for bankruptcy in 2002.This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 6

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  • Lizzybee.com becomes the 3 millionth domain name
  • The first Walkman Phone
  • Hewlett Packard files for IPO
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October 28, 1955: Happy Birthday Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

1955 - William Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates has a son. William Gates III was born in Seattle, WA. Bill Gates, of course, went on to start Microsoft. Bill was CEO of Microsoft until he retired in 2008. In 2000, he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Interestingly enough, 30 years later in 1985, Bill Gates put Microsoft up for IPO. That’s a birthday present…

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 28

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  • Apple unveils MessagePad2000
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes into Law
  • Palm merges Handspring – forms PalmOne
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September 24, 1998: eBay files IPO

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1998- In 3 years since it’s inception, eBay grew to be a powerful auction site. Therefore, eBay decided to go public. They offered 9 million shares on NASDAQ starting at $18 a share. When all is said and done, they closed the day at $47.375.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 24

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