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Before you become part of a company that’s changing industries and shifting the way people work and live, you have to learn about where we’ve been. Join us in taking a look back at more than three decades of innovation and progress that led to the birth of Dell Technologies, these are the key moments in our company’s history:

1984 — At the age of 19, Michael Dell starts PC’s Limited with $1,000 and a game-changing vision for the technology industry.


198419791979 — Richard J. Egan and Roger Marino form EMC in Massachusetts – using their last initials as the “E” and the “M” in EMC.



1988 — Dell goes public, raising $30 million and increasing market capitalization from $1,000 to $85 million.



198819861986 — EMC goes public on the NASDAQ stock exchange at a price of $16.50 per share, or $0.23 (adjusted for subsequent stock splits).



1992 — Dell debuts on the Fortune 500, making Michael Dell the youngest CEO on the list.



199219941994— Sales surpass $1 billion, and EMC enters Fortune 500 list of America’s largest industrial corporations.



1996 — Dell.com launches, generating $1 million in sales per day just six months after site is live.



199619951995 — EMC overtakes IBM, becoming the mainframe storage market leader.




 

2001
2001 — Dell and EMC form distribution deal to enable more affordable enterprise- class storage area network solutions for customers of all sizes.
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1997 — EMC ranks 16th on the first-ever Business Week 50 list of America’s best-performing companies, and is named worldwide open storage market leader.






1999 — NYSE names EMC Stock of the Decade for best 10-year performance.


2005 — Dell tops the list of “America’s Most Admired Companies” in Fortune magazine.


200520042004 — EMC acquires VMware, followed in subsequent years by Data Domain, RSA, Isilon, Greenplum, Pivotal Labs, XtremeIO and Virtustream. 


2010 — Newsweek names Dell the greenest company in America.




201020112012 — EMC earns a spot on Thompson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators list and as one of the top 50 Greenest Company’s Globally on Newsweek’s Green Rankings.


2011 — Dell acquires Secure Works, RNA Networks and Dell Force10 Networks – leaders in enterprise solutions and services.


201120152015 — EMC Ranks #6 on the global Great Place to Work survey of more than 2,800 multinational firms.



2012 — EMC earns a spot on Thompson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators list and as one of the top 50 Greenest Company’s Globally on Newsweek’s Green Rankings.





2013 — Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners buy back Dell from public shareholders to accelerate the company’s solutions strategy and focus on customer value.
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2016
2016 — Dell and EMC unite – making the combined company a global enterprise solutions powerhouse. 

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