HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The story of Compaq is largely well-known: 1982…Three ex-Texas Instruments managers founded Compaq with modest venture funding. Just some four years later, Compaq was on the Fortune 500 list, and, two years after that, they had exceeded $1 billion in annual revenue. No company had ever achieved either – never mind both of these phenomenal milestones so expeditiously.
But few know the story behind the story. In 1982, when Compaq was founded, there was no software standardization, so each and every brand of personal computer required its own brand-unique application software. Just eight years later, compatibility with the ‘open’ PC standard had become ubiquitous worldwide, and it has continued to be for well over two decades, while causing monolithic IBM to entirely depart from the PC marketplace.
That all didn’t happen by accident... co-founder and then CEO Rod Canion and his extraordinary team made a series of precarious and daring decisions - often facing criticism and incredulity - that allowed the open PC standard marketplace to thrive and prosper, with the ensuing inconceivable benefits of open computing to be realized.
‘Open’ tells the incredible story of Compaq’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to become the worldwide PC industry leader in just over a decade. Along the way, Compaq truly profoundly changed the fundamental face of computing, while initiating the basic foundation for today’s world of tablets and smart phones.
A never-before-published insider account of Compaq’s extraordinary strategies and decisions, ‘Open’ provides valuable, insightful lessons in leadership in times of crisis, management decision-making under the pressure of truly astonishing growth, and the implausible power of a unique, pervasive and passionate employee-centric culture.
Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship event
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series will be hosting an appearance by Rod Canion, co-Founder and CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation delivering a presentation on the book ‘Open’, Thursday, October, 3, 2013, at Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business, at Shell Auditorium, McNair Hall. A book signing will follow the presentation.
There is no charge to attend…REMAINING ATTENDEE SPACE IS LIMITED
5:30 Registration and Reception
7:30 Book Signing and Reception
Click here to make a reservation http://www.alliance.rice.edu/DESS_RodCanion_Registration/
Book advance purchase
If confirmed attendees desire they can obtain an advanced purchase copy of ‘Open’, and then can pick up their book at the event, and have Rod Canion sign it in person.
Click here https://www.thecompaqstory.com/booksell.html to pre-purchase a copy of ‘Open’.
The book ‘Open’ is available through pre-release online orders beginning October 1, 2013 online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com for shipment on/about October 15, 2013.