Michael Dell: From College Dorm to Tech Powerhouse

From College Dorm to Tech Powerhouse

The Silicon Valley guys like to smirk, calling him the Wal-Mart of the tech world. But Michael Dell, 39, is having the last laugh. What started as a $1,000 investment, and was launched in his dorm room at the University of Texas, is today the world's No. 1 computer maker in market share, thanks to a relentless focus on selling direct to the consumer. First came desktops and notebooks, then servers and storage, and now printers and flat-screen TVs. The company racked up $41 billion in sales last year and wants to boost that to $80 billion. "That's only 10% of...

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