Sony was started in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka as a small electronics shop. Masaru started off with $530.00 dollars in cash and eight employees. His business partner named Akio Morita joined the company a year after its start. The company was originally called Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Company. Sony produced Japan’s first tape recorder. Sony introduced transistor radios into the American market and was extremely successful. Sony ran with this success and was a powerful exporter of consumer electronics during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Read more about the History of Sony. Click the link.