VAX 780 on eBay

Jon Elson elson at
Tue Jan 4 10:44:20 CST 2022

On 1/4/22 9:40 AM, Grant Taylor via cctalk wrote:
> On 1/4/22 12:14 AM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:
>> Seymour Cray, along with Bill Norris and Jim Thornton and 
>> others left Remington Rand/UNIVAC after Rand bought the 
>> near-bankrupt ERA. Apparently, the work environment at 
>> Rand was felt to be stifling. Norris had all of the Navy 
>> connections and was a great marketer, so bringing some of 
>> Rand's engineering talent along was a natural.
> Interesting.
> I guess I thought that since Seymour left CDC to form Cray 
> Research, that meant that he was more of an employee at 
> CDC and had less influence on how it operated as a 
> company.  I would have assumed that someone that was a 
> founder would have had more influence and tried to improve 
> things before splitting off and forming yet another new 
> company.
There are PLENTY of examples of the sole founder being 
either forced out by the board or shunted aside.

See James Ryder or Alan Shugart, who both were forced out, 
sued to prevent them from using their own names, but then 
went into competition with their old companies and ran them 
out of business.


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