u probably know the names behind Microsoft, Apple, Dell and other early tech companies. But, do you know who founded Cisco? What about AMD or Intel? Take our TR Dojo Cracking Open quiz and test your knowledge of tech company founders.
As you take the quick remember the following:
- I focused the quiz on large companies that were founded early in the tech revolution and that have been industry leaders for at least 20 years. The quiz therefore, does not include more recently formed Internet heavyweights such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. In the future, I'll publish a quiz on these companies.
- Many companies and people are not listed. For example, IBM is not on the list. Because "Big Blue" was formed by the merger of several existing companies, it's difficult, if not impossible, to determine a founder. Likewise, not all eight of the AMD co-founders are listed. There just wasn't room in the quiz for that many individuals from a single company.
- The questions are spread across multiple pages to make the quiz easier to take. Be sure to click the next page link at the bottom of each page. I've also included photos of some people in the quiz.
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.