It’s an exciting time to be a part of Zunesis as we near our company’s 15-year anniversary this October!
15 years is an impressive milestone for any business to cross. It’s especially exciting for a technology company, like ourselves, when you stop and think about how much has changed in our industry since 2004. From solutions, vendors, methods, products…even technology itself has changed vastly over the past 15 years.
I feel like 15 years is kind of a unique amount of time in that it simultaneously sounds minimal and massive. 2004 seems like just yesterday, and also a lifetime ago. At least that’s how it feels to me. I graduated high school in 2004 so maybe that has just permanently altered my perception of that year. Either way, here is a look at some other notable things that happened in 2004. You may be surprised that it has already been 15 years since some of these things have occurred (or maybe you thought they happened longer ago? I don’t know). The fact remains that a lot has changed since then. And awaaay we go!
NASA’s Spirit Rover touches down on the surface of Mars.
Spirit exceeded all expectations and remained operational until 2009 when it became stuck in soft sand. Contact was lost with the rover in March of 2010, but NASA has launched several other Mars missions since Spirit’s initial touchdown.
The Summer Olympic Games are held in Athens Greece. An event most notable by the breakout performance of swimmer Michael Phelps who won six gold medals and two bronze medals, tying the then record for amount of medals won at a single Olympics, while only 19 years old.
Well let’s just say Mr. Phelps has been busy! Since the summer games of 2004, he has won 20 additional medals for a total of 28 (including 23 gold medals) making him the most decorated Olympian in history and, arguably, the greatest swimmer of all time. Atta boy!
The NBC television sitcom, Friends, airs its final episode on May 6th, 2004. An event watched by 52.5 million viewers.
Friends has had a lasting impact on pop culture and the “buddy-sitcom” format, with droves of loyal fans. Today you can almost always find reruns on TBS as well as the entire series available to stream on Netflix (thanks in part to a massive outcry by fans when rumors spread that the show may be removed from the platform). To this day, the Friends finale stands as the most watched episode of any television series throughout the 2000’s and the fifth most watched television finale in U.S. History.
Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates launch “Facebook”, a social networking site only available to students of Harvard University.
Oh man. Talk about change! Facebook is now one of the most valuable companies on the planet with over 2 billion users and the distinction of being included in the “Big Four” technology companies along with Google, Amazon, and Apple. The site has had a significant impact on society, communication and culture. Jesse Eisenberg even starred in an Academy Award nominated film about the birth of the site. Who would’ve ever expected THAT back in 2004?
Caleb Clark crowned 2004 Limon High School Senior Prom King
Fun Fact: I’m still Prom King to this day
The Boston Red Sox win their first world Series since 1918, ending an 86-year championship drought.
The Red Sox have won three additional championships since 2004 (including one in 2007 against our own Colorado Rockies ☹ *sniffle*). This made them the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st century. I guess 2004 was the kick in the pants that they needed!
Ken Jennings goes on massive 74-game winning streak on the TV gameshow Jeopardy!, winning over 2.5 million dollars in the process.
The unprecedented nature of Jennings’ winning streak breathed new life into both the gameshow’s ratings and popularity, becoming TV’s highest-rated syndicated program during Jennings’ run. He remains the record holder for longest winning streak in the show’s history and is often asked back to compete in special tournaments.
Zunesis is founded as an IT solutions provider.
Zunesis was started primarily as a hardware reseller and professional services provider. While that portion of our culture remains unchanged, the technologies we work with and the ways we deliver some of those services changes constantly to keep pace with the ever-evolving world of IT! We now have cloud offerings for both products and services, security platforms, data center advisory services, hybrid IT solutions and a myriad of others.
Change is not only inevitable, it is often necessary in our fast-paced world. Here’s to another 15 years from the folks at Zunesis! Cheers!