Following on from our previous article where we explored some of the world’s biggest and best companies, we’re back with a part 2. These aren’t just ordinary multi-billion-pound companies though, they all have something very special in common – they all started in a garage. In that previous article, we learnt that Amazon, Microsoft and Walt Disney Co all started small and built their way to the top, similarly to the companies that we are learning about today.
You may not have known this, but Apple’s first ever office was actually Steve Jobs’ Mum’s garage in Cupertino, California. Steve Wozniak built Apple’s first computer in 1976 and sold it for $500, and when a local retailer demanded 50 computers, Wozniak and Jobs found the components and built 50 computers in 30 days.
Apple is now the world’s leader in technology and is worth over $550 billion.
Possibly the company that is the most well-known for starting out in a garage is Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the company in September 1998, in current YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki’s garage. It started off as a college project at Stanford, but Google is still the biggest internet giant twenty years later.
Brin and Page tried to sell Google to Excite for $1 million which they must regret now, seen as the company is now worth over $500 billion.
Did you know that the first every Harley Davison bike was built in a wooden shed? William Harley always wanted to build motorbikes, and as a 20-year-old, he came up with a design of an engine that could power a bicycle. Give it a couple of years, and William and his childhood friend, Arthur Davison would build their first motorcycle in a wooden shed.
The pair formally launched Harley Davison in 1903, and the company is now worth over $10 billion.