Timeline – The Early Days

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bob-lagarde-blog-lagarde-website-2000<- Snapshot from early LaGarde website
Bob LaGarde entered the technology arena in 1996, about a year after the phenomenal Netscape IPO.  He began programming in IDC/HTX, an old Microsoft methodology that is coincidentally somewhat like .NET with presentation layer and code behind architecture.  This was back in the day when CGI was the dominant method of making web pages do something.  The coolest stuff on the web was thought to be “eye-candy” things that blinked, spun or scrolled across the page.

A few artifacts from the scrapbook:


LaGarde StoreFront 99 submitted by Robert Bob LaGardeStoreFront99 Released – The Topeka Capital Journal (January 1999)Much like the 24-hour truck stop restaurant, the cyberspace shopping center is open, and buying products online is fast becoming a global addiction.  In Topeka this week, Bob LaGarde and LaGarde Inc. are staying ahead, by a mouse click, of its competition by releasing an enhanced version of StoreFront 99, its market-leading e-commerce development software.

E-commerce Vets Share Experience – The Topeka Capital Journal (August 2000)
The staff in Washburn University’s Division of Continuing Education didn’t want to make its upcoming conference on e-commerce just another series of sales pitches for online businesses.  Instead, they decided to bring in experienced veterans of the e-commerce world to share their experiences and entitled the Aug. 15 conference “The Business of E-Commerce: Lessons from the Trenches” sponsored by LaGarde, Inc and Washburn University.

LaGarde-StoreFront2000 submitted by Robert Bob LaGardeSeminar Discusses Online Innovation – The Topeka Capital Journal (August 2000)
Bob LaGarde was one of several experts who spoke at Washburn University’s e-commerce conference Tuesday in Henderson Hall. The conference, the Business of E-Commerce: Lessons from the Trenches, attracted 95 participants. Other speakers were from Payless ShoeSource, eScout.com and Aleon Technologies.

Business Sells a Global Feel – The Topeka Capital Journal (April 2001) 
Bob LaGarde has reached out from his office in Lawrence to provide e-commerce software to business owners in more than 70 countries.

Governor Names Awards of Excellence – The Topeka Capital Journal (June 2001)
LaGarde named as finalist for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award.

KU touts KC connections (Start-Up – The Lawrence Technology Association) – Lawrence Journal World (July 2001)
Bob LaGarde, the association’s president, said he was pleased to have the support of Hemenway in building bridges to metro area.

LaGarde Receives Cool Tool Gold Award – The Topeka Capital Journal (January 2002)
LaGarde, provider of SME e-commerce software and services, received a Cool Tool Gold Award and stellar review from the Cool Tool Awards Web site for its enterprise level StoreFront AE e-commerce software.

Lawrence Software Firm Clicks on Expansion – Lawrence Journal World (June 2002)
A west Lawrence computer software firm is bucking an industry trend and expanding  even as many technology companies struggle to stay alive.

Lawrence Losing LaGarde to Olathe Office Park – Lawrence Journal World
One of Lawrence’s fast-growing, high-tech companies is moving to an Olathe office park.

lagarde-logoLaGarde Receives 2003 Addy Award – The Topeka Capital Journal (February 2003)
MB Piland Advertising & Marketing, LaGarde Inc., “StoreFront 6.0 Logo,”

 

 

 

 

 

History of LaGarde company and product logos:
An early generic LaGarde logo –
LaGarde-StoreFront-Generic submitted by Robert Bob LaGarde

 

 

LaGarde StoreFront 6 logo –
LaGarde-StoreFront6-Logo submitted by Robert Bob LaGarde

 

 

 

 

LaGarde StoreFront logo –
LaGarde-StoreFront-New submitted by Robert Bob LaGarde

 

 

LaGarde corporate logo, circa 2002 –

LaGarde-Logo-New

 

 

LaGarde Phoenix platform logo –

LaGarde-Phoenix-Logo submitted by Robert Bob LaGarde