Compaq Computer Founder Rod Canion to Speak at UH June 5

Founded in 1982, Compaq Pioneered the Personal Computer Industry

Compaq Computer founder Rod Canion will speak at the University of Houston Thursday, June 5, to discuss the challenges of creating one of the fastest-growing personal computer companies.

Canion will discuss the company’s early years with Russ Capper, creator of the Houston Business Makers radio show, in the Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom at the Hilton University of Houston. The evening is sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas and the UH Bauer College of Business.

Compaq was founded in Houston in 1982 and was immediately successful, with $111 million in revenue its first year, a record at the time.  Canion left the company in 1991; it was taken over by Dell in 2001 and acquired by HP in 2002.

He has a new book out about those heady early years, “Open: How Compaq Ended IBM’s PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing.” He will sign the book after the talk.

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WHO:  Rod Canion, founder of Compaq Computer.
WHAT: Interview by Russ Capper of the Houston Business Makers radio show
WHEN:  5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5. The interview will start at 6:30 p.m.

Hilton University of Houston, Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom, Entrance 1 off Calhoun Road– parking in hotel garage

MEDIA:  RSVP to Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778, m-713-504-3769.