Fable: Oaks And Acorns
At 3pm on April 13th 1984 a new microprocessor was fired up.
It did the same work as any other 16-bit processor but used one tenth the transistors of any other 16-bit processor and hence used one tenth of the power.
While other companies had processor design teams numbered in hundreds, this processor was designed by two people.
When other processor design teams simulated their designs on mainframes, this processor design was simulated in the brain of one of its two designers.
That same year, the founder-CEO of the company which developed the processor was declared, by the Sunday Times, to be the 12th richest man in Britain.
But not for long. The following Christmas the business collapsed.
But the processor went on to be the most widely used processor on the planet.
MORAL: Great oaks from little Acorns grow.