3. USB Flash Drive

Amir Ban, Dov Moran and Oron Ogdan, employees of Israeli company M-Systems, invented the now-ubiquitous USB flash drive. IBM partnered with M-Systems to bring the “DiskOnKey” to market on December 15, 2000.

The first generation flash drive had a storage capacity of 8MB, a figure five times greater than the storage available on floppy disks. Smaller, faster, and more reliable than floppy disks or CD-ROMs, flash drives quickly replaced those storage technologies worldwide.