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Visionary John Blankenbaker, and his ground-breaking invention, the Kenbak-1 Digital Computer was a machine that first went on sale in 1971 and is considered to have been the world’s first “commercially available personal computer”, coming on to the market some five years before Apple 1.  In fact it was a panel of experts, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, meeting at the Boston Computer Museum in 1987, which gave the Kenbak-1 its preeminent status.

Source: BBC Technology

Date: November 10th, 2015

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34639183

Discussion

1) Why is important to understand history, in this case when and why the first commercially available personal computer was invented?

2) How old are companies that today seem like they have been around forever, such as Amazon, Apple, Twitter, Facebook?  Does longevity matter for a company today?

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