I always wanted a computer, but they were expensive. When I was 16 years old in 1981 I got a job and earned the money to buy one. I have bought a new computer every year since then.
In the early 90’s I was a big Prodigy user and tried to get a job there because I thought that prodigy was the future.
Then in 1994 the modern Internet was ushered in with the World Wide Web. I was living with my Brother and we decided to get the Internet right away. We used AOL to make this happen.
In 1995 Bill Gates put out a book entitled The Road Ahead. Bill Gates and Microsoft dominated tech so I read the book right away. The book promised to explain a lot and it delivered.
Synopsis What is the information highway? How will the new technology change our lives? Do I have to learn to use a computer? Will my job become obsolete? Welcome to The Road Ahead. We have all been bombarded by the seemingly endless hype about the information highway and the coming age of technology. Now, Bill Gates – who built Microsoft into one of the most successful companies in the world – gives us his vision of what the future holds for us. The Road Ahead is his bird’s-eye view of the undiscovered territory on the information highway – an authoritative, thought-provoking, and very readable travel guide for the journey. In this optimistic and refreshingly realistic book, Gates looks ahead to show how the emerging technologies of the digital age will transform all our lives. As he says, we are on the brink of a new revolution, and crossing a technology threshold that will forever change the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other.
The book made perfect sense and I knew right then what I wanted to do with my life. In April of 1996 we formed The Technological Edge, Inc.. The name was chosen to remind us that for the rest of our lives the pace of change in technology will only quicken. Our focus from day 1 was to keep up with the current changes. To give somebody the technological edge you have to stay on the technological edge.
This name has served us well because it reminds us to go through the pain of learning the new things. We spend a lot of time and money keeping up with the new possibilities in Tech.
When we started the business, we had no idea what exactly we were going to do, but we immediately took out a yellow page ad and started trying to figure that out. Basically nothing has changed in 25 years. We still don’t know what we are going to do, but we are spending time and energy to try to figure it out.