Dell Computers: Michael Dell (2018) : How I Built This with Guy Raz Before it became fashionable to start a tech company in your dorm room, Michael Dell did exactly that. In 1983, he began selling upgrade kits for PC's out of his dorm at UT Austin. A few months later he dropped out of school to focus full time on the PC business. At age of 27, he became the youngest CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. Today, Dell has sold roughly 700 million computers. PLUS in our post-script "How You Built That," we check back with Vanessa and Casey White, who turned their grandfather's pierogi recipe into Jaju Pierogi, hand-made Polish dumplings that are sold across the Northeast.
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Dell Computers: Michael Dell (2018)

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Michael Dell is the founder of Dell Computers
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Before it became fashionable to start a tech company in your dorm room, Michael Dell did exactly that.

In 1983, he began selling upgrade kits for PC's out of his dorm at UT Austin. A few months later he dropped out of school to focus full time on the PC business. At age of 27, he became the youngest CEO to head a Fortune 500 company.

Today, Dell has sold roughly 700 million computers.

How You Built That: Jaju Pierogi

We check back with Vanessa and Casey White, who turned their grandfather's pierogi recipe into Jaju Pierogi, hand-made Polish dumplings that are sold across the Northeast.

How You Built That: Jaju Pierogi

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