The machine that sent Compaq from zero to a company that was
recognised as a standard setting company. This machine filled a void
(the portable PC void) that IBM did not fill for quite some time.
Quote taken from Compaq
Compaq Computer Corporation
was founded in February 1982 by Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill
Murto, three senior managers who left Texas Instruments and invested
$1,000 each to form their own company. Sketched on a paper place mat
in a Houston pie shop, the first product was a portable personal
computer able to run all of the software being developed then for
the IBM PC.