History

After leading the industry effort during and after the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in the United States, PCG’s two founding partners recognized that no communications consulting firm existed that could translate the complexities of nuclear energy to the public. PCG was established to fill that gap.

 

Today, our clients span complex sectors including energy, infrastructure, financial services, science, engineering, and education, fields that require simple messages to be well understood by the public. Take a look at a few moments in history (as well as PCG’s own history) that shaped the way in which we communicate today.

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1981

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PCG founded, two small offices

1981

IBM created first personal computer

1983

New protocol allows clunky telecopier to be replaced by modern ‘fax’

1984

Apple markets first Macintosh; We hire first our graphic designer

1990

PowerPoint released (a sad day for communication)

1990

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Prodigy offers online world, with shopping and ’email’ – for $12.95/month and 25 cents/message

1991

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The first webcam, at Cambridge University

1993

World Wide Web becomes available to the public

1994

The first ‘weblog,’ or blog

1995

Microsoft releases Windows 95

1996

We get our first e-mail system for the entire staff

1999

Napster begins changing the music world

2001

Apple releases the first iPod

2002

Launch of Google News

2003

LinkedIn, Skype and iTunes begin operation

2004

The introduction of MySpace; Wikipedia released

2005

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YouTube introduced

2007

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We move into our current offices, 1133 20th Street NW

2008

White House starts a blog; New York Times and AP release their iPhone apps

2010

Websites took in more ad revenues than newspapers

2010

First Oval Office address via YouTube

2011

New York Times erects paywall to limit access to content

2012

Pulitzer Prizes considered ‘real-time reporting’ of breaking news – meaning, online reporting

2013

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82% of Americans get news from a desktop or laptop.

2014

The World Wide Web turns 25.

2015

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft completes a flyby of Pluto on July 14. PCG provided communications support related to the plutonium power source for this mission.