Business card nostalgia has been prevalent this month, as several cards from prominent tech company CEOs have surfaced – providing a window into the early days of several silicon valley startups.
Last week, it was reported that Pascal Finette, of Mozilla Labs, stumbled upon Steve Jobs' Apple business card from as far back as the late 70s. "The one thing you can't see on the picture is the fact that the business card has an embossed Apple logo," Finette wrote. "So they definitely went all the way out and spent quite some serious cash on their business cards (which doesn't surprise me with Steve)."
Meanwhile, a Reddit user linked to a photo of Google CEO Larry Page's business card from the early 90s. The user, under the handle "Zestyping" wrote, "I met both Carl Page and Larry Page at a party hosted by a Stanford friend of mine in 1998. Carl gave me his card for eGroups and said 'we're hiring.' Larry gave me his card for Google – a flimsy bit of paper obviously printed by bubble jet – and said 'we're hiring.' I said, 'Nah, who needs another search engine?' and went to graduate school."
Public infatuation with old business cards taps into a similar fascination with Silicon Valley and the glory days of tech startups. Likewise, the fact that business cards have remained popular though the digital age suggests their importance as indicators of professional viability.