How organizations were named….

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This is again a nice forward by Mr. Shanawas & team from Bangalore. And it was again an opportunity for introducing the Team 1 for the new members. With Team 1, an opportunity will never be wasted.

Read on……

The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

The Greek root “xer” means dry. The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product Xerox as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying.

Sun Microsystems
Founded by four Stanford University buddies, Sun is the acronym for Stanford University Network.

From the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.

Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casings.

The name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders – Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google

Apple Computers
Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock.

And last but not the least Team 1.
In 2005, it was just a spark – a thought – an idea to motivate a select group of students who joined the MBA programme of IGNOU and to request the IGNOU Partner Institution in Dubai to organise regular contact classes for those students who were interested and available. From then on, it gently started its growth and took various size and shape – first that of a yahoo group, then came the weekly newsletter, then the daily mails and now the blog.

Several of those joined during that time had to discontinue the programme due to various reasons, but many of them remained on board to continue their quest for knowledge.

Like a passenger train, when many people got off, many new came in and the train journey continued – of course some regular passengers who took season ticket for life and the GUARD remained.

It has a long way to go, as it has certain destinations in mind, which will all be announced at appropriate times. Till then enjoy the journey, feel comfortable and bring along your friends – because this is one place where you will love to come back often and often. Because WE ARE COMMITTED TO QUALITY & CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT – WHEREVER WE ARE AND WHATEVER WE DO.

Have a pleasant journey throughout.

God Bless and let God’s Grace Prevail.

Ramesh Menon

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