100 Years of IBM


On this day in 1911, IBM began operation as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. Since then, IBM’s institutional career has mirrored both the rise of computing and modern corporations, two hallmarks of our age. The following timeline traces Big Blue’s adventures from its start as a company with $950,000 in revenue to its current state. Today, the multinational rakes in almost $100 billion a year and employs 450,000.

There are two comments left on this entry.  The answer to the question I had when I saw this istem is 2 — it takes two comments for someone to post about the Nazis.

The author of the recently popular book alleges heavy IBM wikipedia editing — their statement found here.  The German subsidary was cut off before World War Two began — taken by the Nazis (technology extant for everyone’s use) — and reunited after the War — your crux of the matter for the book.  Naturally, if you go to the edit page on wikipedia, it appears IBM calls the author Edwin Black a conveyor of “Fringe” theories — though, I suspect the “fringe theories” are more along the lines of people who take off from Edwin Black and corral IBM as part of a prime mover of a “two sides against the middle” strategy to world control.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying attention when Ford Motor Company turned 100, which would’ve made an interesting slide-show — more interesting as there’s no real nuance in the Dearborn, Michigan history.

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