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zip2 hq (former)

from elon musk, paypal posted in technology by corporate_sunshine

In 1997, Zip2 moved their headquarters to this location. Zip2 was online directory founded by the Musk brothers, Elon and Kimbal.

The company merged with CitySearch in a $300 million deal in 1998. This gave Elon Musk the capital to begin his next project, the online banking company- X.com.

Source: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

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from google posted in technology by prof_improbable

With several buildings spreading out over 26 acres, this is the location of the Google corporate campus, or the Googleplex. First leased in 2003, Google purchased the campus in 2006.

Among the many unique facts about the Googleplex is the use of alternative energy. There are solar panels covering the rooftops of 8 buildings and 2 solar carports, and capable of producing 1.6 megawatts of electricity.

In addition, four 100kW Bloom Energy Servers were shipped to Google in July 2008, making Google the first customer of Bloom Energy.

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the byte shop (former)

from apple, steve jobs posted in technology by prof_improbable

This address is the former location of The Byte Shop. Owned by Paul Terrel, The Byte Shop specialized in computer supplies in the mid-70s. Terrel was a member of the Homebrew Computing Club, the same club as a young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

In 1976, the Byte Shop became the first retail location for the Apple 1 computers after the duo had demonstrated the machine at a Homebrew meeting.

Terrel ordered 50 of them, at $500 a piece, with a purchase order totaling $25,000. It was an enormous order for for the fledgling company, and Steve and Woz put their friends and neighbors to work in Jobs' garage. Early "employees" were paid $1 a board.

The parts for the Apple cost $220, while the computer was sold to Terrel for $500, who would usually put them in wooden boxes.

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computer history museum

from steve jobs, personal computing posted in technology by prof_improbable

The Computer History Museum is the world's largest history museum for the preservation and presentation of artifacts and stories of the Information Age located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The museum is currently featuring a Steve Jobs retrospective (as of January 2012) and has an original Apple 1 computer that was built in 1976.

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monta loma elementary school

from steve jobs posted in technology by pete_nice

Steve Jobs attended this elementary school. He wasn't fond of school, but had a teacher Imogen "Teddy" Hill, who bribed him to learn with candy bars and $5 bills.

Jobs said of her: "She was one of the saints of my life. She taught an advanced fourth grade class, and it took her about a month to get hip to my situation. She bribed me into learning."

Jobs learned enough to skip the fifth grade, and attended Crittenden Middle School briefly. He was picked on, and he gave his parents an ultimatum: he would either transfer to a different school, or quick attending school altogether. The young tactician was successful, and he transferred to Cupertino Junior High.

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