Today is the 20 year anniversary of Renegade Solutions.  This was the very first business I started after finishing my Ph.D.

Renegade Solutions began as a scientific instrumentation company.  We sold sophisticated measurement and analysis equipment (still do!), but we also we wanted to go BIG with free-software and have 1000s of customers, not just 10s.  So we built and offered a clunky Linux conversion kit for PCs based on re-purposing hard drives.  Unfortunately, we didn’t anticipate how quickly CD-ROMs would wipe away our competitive edge and thus we failed in the commercial space pretty quickly.