Artifact Details

Title

An evening with Robert Price, in conversation with Mel Stuckey: The Control Data Story

Catalog Number

102654199

Type

Moving image

Date

2006-06-12

Credits

Price, Robert

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA, US

Duration

01:24:24

Format

DVCAM

Description

From the abstract: "Control Data's story is one of innovation harnessing the imagination, ingenuity and energy of its people to meet the technology needs of customers and the urgent needs of society. As chairman of the board and CEO, Robert Price was one of Control Data's veteran leaders who effectively blended business strategies with technological innovation.

Control Data's dream of becoming a supercomputer pioneer was born in 1957 during IBM's domination of the industry and at the peak of the Cold War. Yet, this startup computer company was so effective that in 1963, IBM's chairman said that he failed to understand why IBM had lost their leadership position with supercomputers to a company with 34 people, including the janitor.

Despite the turbulence in the social, political and economic environments of the late 1950s and 1960s, Control Data achieved a greatness few companies ever realize. It transformed those 34 employees into a company with 45,000 people around the world with revenues topping one billion dollars in less than 14 years from its start.

Join Robert Price as he shares behind-the-scenes history and personal stories about Control Data's legacy of lasting lessons on innovation. There will be a book signing for Price's new book, The Eye for Innovation: Recognizing Possibilities and Managing the Creative Enterprise."

Category

Lecture

Lot Number

X4926.2009