Peregrine Computer Consultants Corporation has evolved a lot over the past 20 years. Rather than a boring corporate history, we thought we'd talk a bit about some of our name changes and our logos over the years.
PCCC began in 1993 as Justice Corporation based on the Justice League of America. Luckily, it was renamed to Peregrine Hardware, Inc. just a few days later reflecting the speed and intensity of the Peregrine Falcon and our focus on computer hardware. Our founders were Khuja "Kyle" Rajimi, Richard "Rich" Choi, and Kevin A. McGrail. The very first logo was based on the simple lines of an unfolded paper airplane and drawn by Ted Lupo. The logo, including the words Peregrine, was drawn to be 1:1 height to width ratio to match the standard for logos for computers of that era.
1993 and 1994 were whirlwind years with very little capital, even smaller staff and a lot of new customers and a booming business. Christopher Surprise was employee #1, with many more to come. And we were lucky because we loved computers, made quality products and we spent a lot of time getting people situated with their new computer. We quickly established a foothold as the premier local white-box computer manufacturer.
By 1995, Kyle and Rich formed Peregrine Distributors to focus on hardware distribution. 2Radical Technologies, founded by Mark Rorabaugh and Ryan Whelan, became our sister-company.
Peregrine Hardware added more computer software integration services and by 1996, we were offering web hosting and programming services in a very new industry. We realized our true value was in the exemplary service we provided to our customers and not our white-box systems.
As companies discovered the web, our business grew. Then in 1998, we began working on a program to make our database driven website and evolved over the years to became the content management system, LunpaCMS. Jennifer Lomax drew us the mascot and inspired the name! LunpaCMS would become a key part of our web business enabling us to work on some very large websites.
And while it's not a logo, we loved this photo of Mark Miller when an engine fire took him out of the race. He did a great job of making sure we got a good photo opportunity and we loved to tell customers our computers crashed faster than our competitors.
2000 brought a lot of change as we officially stopped selling white-box computers. We also lost a good friend and our business partner, Joe Gumbinger of Burke Centre Comics and Used Books which was part of Peregrine Books. Joe was 51 and much too young to die.
As 2000 continued, the internet bubble burst and many of our competitors/friends went out of business. Luckily, we bucked the trend and survived thanks to a lot of great customers and partnering with companies like Dell, Lenovo/IBM and HP instead of competing with them.
In 2003, we formally changed our name to Peregrine Computer Consultants Corporation and Dugald Stermer, a very inspirational artist who died in 2011, designed our new logo.
In 2006, we began serving trusted beta customers with an industry-leading, outsourced anti-Spam system that focused on algorithms and eschewed the normal "blacklist/whitelist" mentality of the industry. In 2008, we formally named it Raptor Anti-Spam continuing our homage to the Peregrine Falcon. Plus we love toying with advertising campaign ideas such as "Giving Spammers the Bird".
In 2012, we consolidated our IT Division with ShipShape IT giving customers a fixed-price, managed IT system called Critical MaaS.
Despite being web experts who have worked on multi-million dollar projects, Fortune 100 forms and publicly-traded company websites, our website has always been a "cobbler's kid". Originally designed in 1994, it was re-designed in 1996 and remained largely the same design for 17 years. Jon Shiring did the original web designs but we still owe a lot to our customers for consistently referring us to others. So while word of mouth advertising has always been our biggest success, we look forward to working with another artist soon to rebrand our company while we continue to bring you the same amazing customer service you've come to expect since 1993.
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