• June 29, 2022

Rocket at 25: a yearlong trip through our past, our present, and our future

When Johan Magnusson-Gedda and I started Rocket Software back in April of 1990, I couldn’t imagine that one day we’d be celebrating our 25th year as a company. This is a milestone that makes me extremely proud and excited at the same time, and I want to celebrate it with the Rocket community.

Over the course of this year, we’ll be sharing memories and milestones from the past 25 years, as well as thoughts about where we are now, and where we see Rocket 25 years from now. To kick things off, I thought I’d share something that actually predates Rocket—the business card from my first real job!

I started work at American Management Systems in Arlington, Virginia on July 5, 1983. AMS doesn’t exist anymore, but it’s where I first developed my passion for the mainframe and honed my skills in high performance and large-scale database programming. Rocket wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for my tenure at AMS—that’s where I met my wife Mariann, who led me to Boston, her home town.  And it was in Boston that I met Johan.

My parents actually kept my original business card and surprised me with it this past Thanksgiving holiday. I’m so glad they held on to it all these years, as it reminds me of how and where my Rocket journey began.

Andy Youniss Business Card

Be sure to check back next Thursday for another look at Rocket’s history.

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Andy Youniss co-founded Rocket Software in 1990 and continues to be the company's main driving force. Andy successfully established and actively manages Rocket's largest OEM partnerships and is guiding the company's growth through technology investments, acquisitions, new product lines, and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Rocket Software, Andy was the development manager for DB View Inc., a software company specializing in DB2 database tools. Previously, he was a programmer/analyst at American Management Systems, and was also a project development consultant. Andy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


  • Chongyang Reply

    January 9, 2015 at 3:03 am

    The emotional and warm memories. 🙂

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