Quorum Software Q Media

Quorum Software Services Vancouver

After working for two year in market research with MarkTrend, I began a job with Quorum Software Services / Q-Media in Vancouver. The address of the below photo from 2022 is 308 East 5th Ave., Vancouver. I worked here at Quorum is 1994, though, as you can see, Quorum is no longer there. Back then, there was a Mario’s Gelato across the street and next to that was a wholesale tools vendor.

Quorum Software Services was a disk (think 3 1/2″ and 5 1/4″ floppy disks) duplication outfit that operated a very high-tech production department. I was the night shift manager – the disk duplication business was so good back then that the company ran from 7am to 11pm. Some of the customers were Top Producer (a real estate sales program), H&R Block (I remember the person who printed the disk labels, once printed them as H&R Blick and they almost got out the door).

By rumor, I heard the company got its start in the 1980 when the founder went “door-to-door” selling the bigger 8″ floppy disks and, having success with that,  built a much bigger business. By the time I left, this tiny Vancouver company had bought similar operations in California, Washington, and Texas. We all know what happened to the floppy disk and according to this report, Quorum went bankrupt in 2002.

 

quorum software Vancouver BC q-media trace 3000 disk duplication system
This thing could duplicate 160 disks per hour! In 1993 it was the fastest in the world and it didn’t even need a UNIX box to run it. Back in 1993 my job was to operate 8 of the older versions including a 5 1/4″ model that ran from a SCO UNIX box. In my 17 months there, the system only locked up once. The best think about working at Quorum Software was that they sent me to San Jose twice for training at Trace Inc. (2190 BERING DR., SAN JOSE, CA 95131) – the world leader in disk duplication systems. Here’s the patent for the autoloader belonging to the older Trace 1000/2000/3000 systems, ” including eight inch format (now nearly obsolete), 5 1/4″ format, and 3 1/2″ format.”

Below is a photo of Trace’s former headquarters. If I recall correctly, Trace had the whole building.Trace Inc. San Jose California
Highlights of my early career at Quorum were in travelling from Vancouver to San Jose for training. There were two occasions I went, and received different certifications on their systems. One of my thoughts at the time was, “How cool is this, my friends are paying to be in university while I’m being paid to travel to the Silicon Valley for training on the latest tech.” I have to admit, I was still going to school part-time at BCIT but I always felt my path was the best decision for me.
Here’s an LA Times article on Trace Mountain from 1990.