Artifact Details

Title

Aweida, Jesse oral history

Catalog Number

102740237

Type

Text

Date

2017-10-10

Contributor

Aweida, Jesse, Interviewee
Gardner, Tom, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Superior, CO

Extent

57 p.

Format

PDF

Description

This is one in a series of oral histories taken by the Computer History Museum’s Storage SIG on the history of magnetic tape recording. This oral history focuses on the career of Jesse Aweida.

The Boulder area has provided leadership in tape technology and products first with the IBM laboratory transferred from Poughkeepsie to Boulder in 1965 and then well into this century by StorageTek and its many spin-offs.

Starting in 1958 as a mechanical engineer with IBM in Poughkeepsie, Aweida worked on a number of tape products including Hypertape and then led the development of IBM’s 2400 series of tape drives for IBM’s then new System/360 (announced April 1964). In 1969 having transferred to Boulder with IBM, Aweida founded StorageTek, first as a tape drive company but then he led it thru a series of product additions to become a 1 billion dollar company by 1982 employing 15,000 people at 250 worldwide locations. Financial difficulties led to filing Chapter 11 in 1984 and as a condition of refinancing Aweida left StorageTek in 1985, founding Aweida Venture Capital now in Superior CO. As a venture capitalist Aweida has continued investing in storage but has expanded interests into life sciences, and software.

Category

Transcription

Collection Title

CHM Oral History Collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8364.2018

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