Going Public and Going Global

Growing at roughly 80 percent annually, Dell takes the plunge and goes public. The company, now officially renamed Dell Computer Corporation, uses the newly acquired capital to expand its product offerings and global presence.

1988 1988
  • After just four years, Dell completes its initial public offering, raising $30 million and increasing market capitalization from $1,000 to $85 million.

1989 1989
  • Dell joins the mobile computing revolution with its first laptop computer, the 316LT.

1990 1990
  • We open a manufacturing center in Limerick, Ireland, to better serve customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

1991 1991
  • International sales more than double for the third consecutive year.