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Long Read: The Real Story of Pixar
Alvy Ray Smith | 15 minutes
The story of Pixar doesn't start with its founding—a tech company's story rarely does. Rather, the original spark often comes from a university lab, a renegade group at a large company, or a hobbyist building stuff for fun. Pixar's story doesn't even start with the creation of Lucasfilm's Computer Graphics Group, which developed the Pixar Image Computer, the company's first product.
Instead of telling kids that their treehouses could be on the path to the work they do as adults, we tell them the path goes through school.
And unfortunately schoolwork tends be very different from working on projects of one's own.
- Paul Graham, A Project of One's Own
Much like has happened with money, the clock has come to be seen as the thing it was only supposed to represent: The clock has become time itself.
- Joe Zadeh, The Tyranny Of Time
on of Lucasfilm's Computer Graphics Group, which developed the Pixar Image Computer, the company's first product.
A note of gratitude.
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