GSI isn’t the kind of company that makes a big fanfare of an anniversary, so it almost went quietly under the radar that on this day, 17 years ago, Larry EatonJeff Barry, and Walt Burt took a big leap of faith to start something new. (Special thanks to Larry’s wife, Cheryl, for noting the significance of the day, otherwise we all would’ve forgotten!)

We’ve come a long way since then—from 3 to 56 staff members, from a house in Southeast Portland to five locations on the West Coast, from dial-up Internet to fiber. And our founders have lost a few hairs and gained a few wrinkles along the way.

Happy 17th birthday, GSI!