We’re obsessed with learning the surprising, unique histories behind things people think they know about. Like the painting at the Met that had a giant hole punched into it, or how Jackie O ended up bringing a temple home from Egypt.
Similarly, we love learning about companies – every single one of them has an unexpected history. When we learned the story of a mild-mannered tabulator named Herman Hollerith, for instance, we had no idea that it would end with the establishment of one of the largest companies in the world.
We don’t want to spoil it, though, so without further ado, check out the real hackstory of IBM.