30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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1982: Altos Computer Systems
San Jose, Calif.

1981 Revenue: $21.4 million
Three-Year Growth: 14,164%

Founded in 1977 by David G. Jackson, Altos Computer Systems was sold to Acer in September 1990. Altos was known for its early development of the multiuser microsystem—MUMS—an inexpensive computer that was used as a data processor for small companies on tight budgets.