Jimmy Treybig

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Jimmy Treybig
Born James Treybig
1940 (age 77–78)[1]
Education MBA
Alma mater Rice University
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Known for Founder of Tandem Computers Inc

James Treybig founded Tandem Computers, a pioneering Silicon Valley manufacturer of fault tolerant computer systems which were marketed to the growing number of transaction processing customers who used them for ATMs, banks, stock exchanges and other similar needs.

He attended Rice University, where he received a B.A. degree in 1963 and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1964, and Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he earned an MBA in 1968.[2]

He then served as marketing section manager on the HP 3000 project.[3] He left in early 1973 to join Tom Perkins (ex-General Manager of HP Data Products Division) at Kleiner Perkins venture capital company to start Tandem Computers. He served as its CEO from 1974 to 1996. Under his leadership, Tandem delivered its first product in 1976, first issued public stock in 1977, and in 1980 was ranked by Inc. magazine as the fastest growing public company in America. When Jimmy retired in 1996, Tandem was a $2.3 billion company employing approximately 8,000 people worldwide.

In August 2002, Jimmy joined New Enterprise Associates as a Venture Partner-based out of Austin, TX.

Treybig was featured in the documentary film Something Ventured which premiered in 2011. Jimmy lives in Austin, Texas and is very active on the amateur 6-meter band under call sign W6JKV.[4]


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