Masaru Ibuka

Nobutoshi Kihara, the engineer known as the wizard of Sony for his ingenuity in developing products, like Japans first tape recorder and transistor radio, and later the Betamax videocassette recorder, that helped propel the companys rise from the ashes of war to become a global electronics giant, died on Feb. 13. He was 84. Howard Stringer, chairman of the Sony Corporation, announced the death in an internal memorandum. Mr. Kihara is believed to have died in Tokyo, Sandra Genelius, a Sony spokeswoman, said. Sonys audio and video technologies are only in existence today because of the technical foundations laid

Every year Dealerscope has the pleasure of honoring the most influential leaders in consumer technology with the Dealerscope Hall of Fame Awards. The inductees are selected by the magazine staff after consulting with various members of the industry. This year, Dealerscope honors five individuals from the retailing and manufacturing parts of the industry. These inductees represent the best and brightest talent in the consumer electronics world. They have singled themselves out through their vision, leadership and accomplishments, and have helped shape the industry for the better. In the pages that follow we profile this year’s inductees and allow them to share their experiences and

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

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