CRN 30th Anniversary: Three Decades Of Tech Startups


Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems was founded by the husband and wife team of Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, who developed the multi-protocol router because they couldn't email each other from different buildings. Cisco grew to become the most prominent networking vendor in the industry. Other startups that year included Lenovo, Dell and RSA, making the Class of 1984 an especially strong one.


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