Dell: An Amazing Journey From A To Z


A is for an ambitious 19-year-old Michael Dell, who out of his University of Texas dorm room in 1984 started a computer business called PCs Limited on a shoestring budget of $1,000.

Michael Dell's ambition has been a defining characteristic of the visionary computer maker, who is credited for single-handedly creating just-in-time PC manufacturing and having the foresight to leverage the Internet to sell build-to-order PCs direct online. In 2013, Michael Dell tapped his ambitions once again and successfully won a hard-fought, go-private $24.9 billion leveraged buyout to take his company private. The goal, he said, is to transform what Michael Dell calls "the world's biggest startup" into an enterprise solutions and channel powerhouse.