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Ron Wolfe: Evolution of NI Culture

What was the company was like when you first started working with NI and what are some of the changes you experienced as the company grew? In my opinion Technology Blvd was the “most formative office” in company history. It was where the company actually became successful and transformed from a small consulting/product company “for […]

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Ron Wolfe: Where did I work at NI?

Before the Technology Blvd office where I started in 1982, NI had moved from four previous offices including Dr T’s garage.  I don’t know much about the other offices and the specific reason for each move, other than what I learned from Dr T and Jeff when we toured them together with Blake Snow as […]

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Ron Wolfe: My Work at NI

What were some of the things you worked on with NI? When I started with NI in the summer of 1982, NI had a contract from the Navy from a guy named Larry Gray (I believe) that they had worked with for many years at ARL doing their submarine sonar work.  It was a consulting […]

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The Living History of NI: Second day

Now in the second day of the with over unique 100 visitors the first day on the new crowd-sourced website to document and celebrate the history of NI (National Instruments). Today with the three more installments of Ron Wolfe’s story! Be sure to “Follow” to get email updates for new blog posts. You are invited […]

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Ron Wolfe: Size of NI in 1982

How big was the company when you started working with NI? I believe there were about 12-15 employees in May 1982 when I started – with a few added that summer and a few more by the end of the year.  I believe annual sales were under $1M. I’m sure I’m forgetting somebody, but here […]

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Ron Wolfe: Why did you start working at NI?

Why did you start working with NI? In 1982 IBM was the big tech leader in Austin.  In fact, my family had moved from the Northeast (I was born in PA) to Austin in the mid 1960s because my Dad worked for IBM, as did my Mom, and later my sisters, a lot of my […]

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Ron Wolfe: When did I work at NI?

When did you start working with NI? I started in May of 1982 in Austin, Texas as a summer intern. I was in my senior/final year at UT studying Electrical Engineering.  I worked at NI that summer full time and also worked pretty much full time through my final fall semester (graduated in Dec 1982) […]

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Easy Submission Send your anecdote or story (with picture) to ct@pxi.dk. Photos Galleries and Videos Upload of videos or multiple photos above mail limits NI Memorabilia Your stories will help document the history of NI from multiple individual perspectives. These perspectives intersect in many unique ways help illuminate the fascinating history and character of NI. […]

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The Genius of the AND

Dr. T loved important concepts embodied in simple, thought-provoking sayings or parables. They were memorable, and once understood were effective ways of transmitting culture to employees at all levels of the organization. Dr. T frequently used used the “Genius of the And”, and was not always understood the first time. In the mid 1990’s an […]

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Come with your Ideas

As a crowd-sourced blog, we’d like to solicit your ideas for subjects such as Technology, Culture, Values, Quality, Marketing, NI Week, Sales, NI History by the years, Virtual Museum of T-shirts and collectables, Virtual Product Museum, Product Timelines, Customer success stories (get written permission is the customer is named), The people of NI, Photo galleries, […]