Michael's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Original Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Austin, TX

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: The Original Roadtrip

  • ON DVD:

    The Open Road

MICHAEL DELL

Founder/CEO
Dell Computers

“Go for it. And when you go for it, you'll learn what you're capable of, what the potential is, where the opportunities are, but you can't be afraid to fail because that's when you learn.”

INTERESTS:

Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Individualism

TAGS:

conformity, drop out, golf, medicine

BIOGRAPHY:

Growing up in Texas, Michael came from a family of doctors. His Dad was a physician, so he went to college at the University of Texas enrolling as a biology major. Yet, very soon after starting school his passions, interests, and opportunities were showing up elsewhere. Starting in his dorm room he began with a simple concept; building computers for his friends. He wasn't very impressed with the current model of buying computers from a third party where you couldn't get exactly what you wanted. So he did things a bit different by building and selling computers directly to his friends. The friends who bought the computers told friends who told friends who then overfilled his dorm room with orders. Soon he had to move the operation out of his dorm room and into an office and things really took off from there. Today Dell sells millions of dollars of computers over the internet... each day.

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