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Thomas Watson, Jr. DVD

Thomas Watson, Jr. DVD

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2005

It seems like a sure bet now, but in 1962 Thomas Watson, Jr. took one of the biggest gambles in corporate history when he committed IBM to the computer market. Discover how the son of IBM's president overcame his self-doubt and terrible grades to revolutionize the computing industry.

  • Watson gambled $5 billion to launch IBM's line of computers.
  • Discover how he distinguished himself as a WWII pilot and US ambassador.
  • See how he overcame his insecurities and the shadow of his powerful father.


$5 billion is quite a large bet. In 1962, Thomas Watson, Jr. gambled that amount on IBM's foray into the computing market. That bet was not only successful, but revolutionized the computing industry. How could a poor student, plagued by insecurity, have made such a successful decision?

After serving as a pilot in WWII, Watson succeeded his father as IBM's president. Over the tenure of his career, he changed the world of business and personal computing. He also served as the American ambassador to the Soviet Union during the 1980's.

Learn how Watson gained the confidence to become a business mogul and statesman. See how he overcame the daunting shadow of his successful father. Enjoy this unique American success story.

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