Sony Founded On Friendship, Ambition
The Columbia TriStar movies we watch, the Sony electronics we use, the Sony music we enjoy, and more, evolved from the dreams and ambitions of two men united in business and friendship more than 50 years ago.
Sony's current status as a marketing and manufacturing machine lulls one to believe this corporate identity always existed on a grand scale. But a reading of Sony's history shows how the tenacity, humanity and ambitions of the company's founders set the company firmly on its current course.
The partnership between Sony Corp. co-founders Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita was one forged in the hardships and challenges of World War II Japan. Masaru Ibuka first met Akio Morita, nearly 13 years his junior, when both served on Japan's Wartime Research Committee studying new types of weapons. Their paths crossed again when Morita read about an engineering research group that Ibuka formed in Tokyo after the war.