Famous companies that started in a garage

1. Apple

Apple started in 1976 when Steve Wozniak designed the first Apple I computer for $500.Steve Jobs and Wozniak got all the parts and put together in 30 days. They did it at Jobs ‘parents’ garage in Cupertino, California. Today, with a swanky office in Cupertino called Infinite Loop, Apple is the world leader in technology.

2. Disney

Walt Disney and his brother Roy O. Disney started filming in their uncle’s garage in Los Angeles back in 1923. The company established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks. Their company is now the biggest multimedia conglomerate in the whole world.

3. Harley- Davidson

As a 20-year-old, he had come up with the design of an engine to power a bicycle. Built their motorcycle in a wooden shed at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The brand, worth over $10 billion, is now synonymous with high-end luxury motorbikes.

4. Nike

 If you think a garage is too small a space, Nike started in the trunk of a car. Nike began as Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964 in the trunk of its founders, Phil Knight’s Plymouth Valiant. For the first 2 years, it couldn’t even find any retailers. Today, Nike, Inc. is an American multinational corporation that engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing and sales of the footwear, equipment, accessories, and services. The company is worth $ 90 billion now.

5. Google

Google, perhaps most famous above all the companies. Larry Page and Sergey Brin Started Google in current YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s garage in September 1998, it was started just as a college project which stands now as an internet giant today. Page and Brin tried to sell the company to Excite for $1 million, which Excite rejected. Google is now worth over $500 billion.

6. Amazon

Amazon, the world’s largest online market place started as an online book store founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, Amazon started its operations from Bezos’ home garage in Bellevue, Washington. Although it took almost an entire year for amazon to sell their first book. The business soon started to grow exponentially and now Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, valued at almost $300 billion.

7. Virgin

 Richard Branson, while in high school in Britain started a student-oriented magazine. The magazine gave him the confidence to engage in a fully-fledged startup business. The first iteration of Virgin Records was a retail service through which Branson would send final albums through mails to the customers who placed an order. This enterprise was mostly sustained through Branson’s basement and garage where he could store materials necessary to keep record of selling albums.

8. Microsoft

Here is another tech giant that had a small startup. When Bill Gates and Paul Allen started Microsoft, they had a small garage and very little resources to work with. They built their first operating system and licensed it for $80,000. A few years later, windows was born, and we know how that turned out.

9. Mattel

Mattel’s most famous product is a Barbie doll, it was started as a picture-frame company in 1945. The founders, Harold Matson and Elliot and Ruth Handler, started in a garage in Southern California and to use over their leftover materials creating dollhouses. When their houses began to sell more than their picture frames, they decided to become a toy manufacturing company instead and now they are the largest toy-making company in the world today and are worth $10 billion.

10. Hewlett-Packard

In 1938, will Hewlett and Dave Packard started Hewlett-Packard in Packard’s garage in Palo Alto, California Their first product was an audio oscillator then was ordered by other companies on this list Walt Disney the motion picture francization. Disney purchased 8 oscillators for the movie. Their initial investment was only $538, but the company is now worth about $13 billion.

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My name is Md Kamil. I’m a part-time blogger and a full-time creative person. Who is addicted to Designing, Writing, and Public speaker…. but more of that Shortly

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  • Great…. Inspiring post… People always think to start business with lots of capital… But it doesn’t matter… All matters is the thought and the dedication to reach the goal…

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