IBM was the first to introduce the 8" floppy disk in 1971, with a 5.25" disk released in 1976 by Wang Laboratories, developed by Alan Shugart
, and a 3.5" version introduced by Sony in 1981.
Next, IBM gave us Alan Shugart
's ingenious floppy disk.
If there is an industry icon in the hard disk space, it is Alan Shugart
. Starting with RAMAC in the early '50s, Shugart has been in place for every major development that disk drive technology has to offer--as engineer, business wizard, or both.
Seagate had only just clawed its way back to profitability in the third quarter after a dreadful 18 months that culminated in the loss of its co-founder and CEO Alan Shugart
. Gross margins and operating margins in the disk drive and tape market had been rising for two quarters in a row.
Seagate's chief executive officer, Alan Shugart
, even stated in a 1991 interview with Electronic Business magazine that his company was not very employee-oriented.
, who has faced several suits as the CEO of Seagate Technologies, a Silicon Valley disk drive manufacturer, calls the suit-and-settlement gambit "legalized extortion." Shugart, as quoted in Forbes, said, "They know how expensive it is for us to take our case to court.
is the founder of Al Shugart International (Soquel, CA), a startup resource company focused on helping entrepreneurs launch new enterprises and on growing small companies into big companies.