Almost two months after the ink dried on a $24.9 billion buyout deal to take Dell private, CEO and Founder Michael Dell delivered the keynote address for Dell World 2013.
"This past year has been a big year for Dell," Dell said. He shared his excitement with a crowd of around 5,000 at the Austin Convention Center Thursday morning.
"Now as a private company we have the freedom to make the bold moves necessary and invest in emerging markets," said Dell.
He also invited Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Space X, to speak. Musk who rode to the stage in a cherry red Tesla told the room he likes doing things that have the potential to change the world in a positive way.
"If you can get a group of really talented people together and unite them around a challenge a company will achieve great things," Musk said.
Dell also recognized the next generation of innovators. He asked a group of area students to stand up in front of the crowd. The girls are with Girlstart, a non-profit helping girls excel in science, technology, engineering and math.
Chandni Mahndru is involved with Girlstart and made the trip from Westwood High School to be a part of Dell World 2013. She's interested in pursuing a career in science and amazed at all the technology.
"All the new improvements and what they are doing is incredible and the fact they are making even more is mind blowing," said Mahndru.
On the showroom floor exhibits featured new servers, cloud software and systems security.
New displays and tablets caught the attention of many, including Melissa Rones who is shopping around to make upgrades to her company's systems.
"Michael Dell seemed excited about the company and you could feel the energy," said Rones who listened to Dell's keynote address.
People also stopped to see a soon to be released product from Virtuix taking gaming to a whole new level.
The device is like a treadmill without the moving parts.
"It's going to change the stereo type. You'll have all these fit gamers getting in shape playing Call of Duty," said Virtuix Product Manager Colton Jacobs.