Check Out Pictures Of Famous Companies In The Begining…

Take a trip back in time and see how some famous brands started out. From the looks of it they weren’t launched in the lap of luxury. They all seem to have humble and small beginnings and their office space does not belie the success to come.

in the beginning

Amazon 1999

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos quit his job as vice president at DE Shaw & Co., a Wall Street firm, to try to contribute to the Internet boom. Later Bezos founded a company in his home garage, which he called “Cadaver”. But a few months later, when he heard a lawyer mispronounce the name of the company, he decided to change it. The new name was Amazon, which he chose because it sounded “unusual and exotic.”



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Harley-Davidson, 1903

Harley-Davidson was founded in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was one of only two American motorcycle companies that survived the Great Depression, the other being Indian.

The founding of the company dates back to 1901, when William S. Harley designed a small motor that could be used in a conventional pedal bike frame. For the next two years, they worked with their childhood friend Arthur Davidson to create a motorcycle. Later, Arthur’s brother Walter joined the team.

The very first Harley-Davidson motorcycle was built in a 3 by 4.5 meter shed (pictured) in the backyard of the Davidson family. By 1904, they had prepared a working prototype for the Milwaukee motorcycle race, in which Edward Hildebrand finished fourth.

Harley and the Davidson brothers built their first factory in 1906. It was made of wood, measuring 12 by 18 meters. The company produced about 50 motorcycles that year.


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Coca-Cola, 1886

In 1886, pharmacist John Stith Pemberton invented the Cola recipe. In 1889, the formula and brand were sold for $ 2,300 to Az Griggs Candler, who established The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1892.

At first, Coca-Cola was advertised as a headache-relieving drink, and it was intended to be sold in pharmacies as a health drink. In fact, Pemberton’s accountant Frank M. Robinson came up with the name of the drink. The name Coca-Cola was chosen due to the fact that it contained two main ingredients at the time: coca leaves and cola nut, and also because of the pleasant sounding alliteration of words.



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Samsung, 1938

Samsung originally sold noodles and other food products. In 1969, Samsung-Sanyo Electronics was founded, which later became Samsung Electronics.

The South Korean company Samsung Sanghoe was founded by Lee Byung Chul in 1938 as a trading company. Over the next several decades, the group diversified into many different areas, including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. By the 1960s, Samsung had entered the electronics industry, and in the 1970s, it dived into construction and shipbuilding.

Samsung subsidiaries account for about a fifth of South Korea’s total exports, a testament to the importance of the conglomerate in the country.



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Burger King, 1953

Keith J. Kramer, who owned Keith’s Drive-In in Daytona Beach, Florida, started a new company with her father-in-law. The restaurant was originally called Insta-Burger King.

When Insta-Burger King faced financial difficulties in 1954, two Miami-based franchisees David Egerton and James McLamore bought the company and renamed it Burger King. Over the next five decades, the company changed hands four times.

Australia has already registered the Burger King trademark, so this is the only country in which the franchise has a different name – Hungry Jack’s.



in the beginning

Subway, 1965

In August 1965, Fred DeLuca and Peter Buck opened their first cafe. They then set a goal to open 32 cafes in 10 years. By 1974, the duo owned and operated 16 branches of sandwich cafes throughout Connecticut. Realizing that they would not reach their 32 store target in time, they decided to go into franchising, which marked a period of explosive growth for Subway that continues to this day.

It all started when DeLuca borrowed $ 1,000 from Buck 55 years ago to launch his Pete’s Super Submarines cafe. Just a year after opening their first restaurant, they formed Doctor’s Associates Inc. because Fred DeLuca’s goal was to make enough money to pay for medical school, and Peter Buck also had a Ph.D. in physics. In 1968, the restaurant was officially renamed Subway.


in the beginning

Nintendo, 1889

Nintendo was founded in 1889 by master Fusajiro Yamauchi. The company originally produced handmade Japanese Hanafuda playing cards. In the 1960s, the company began to dabble in various business lines, and in 1977 it began distributing its first video game console, the Color TV-Game. Nintendo gained worldwide fame for its Nintendo Entertainment System, released in 1985.


in the beginning

Starbucks, 1971

The first Starbucks was opened in 1971 by University of San Francisco alumni Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker and Zev Siegle in Seattle and sold only coffee beans.

That all changed when Howard Schultz bought the chain in 1987. Inspired by Italian coffee culture, he turned Starbucks coffee shops into meeting places and they are what we know them today.


in the beginning

Zara, 1975

After 12 years of textile manufacturing, Amancio Ortega, founder of Inditex, opens his first store in A Coruña, Spain in 1975.

Ortega originally wanted to name the store Zorba. But when he found that there was a bar with the same name just two blocks away, he removed a few letters and added another “a,” which made Zara.

The very first Zara store sold inexpensive counterparts of popular, expensive and fashionable clothes.


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Nokia, 1865

Nokia traces its history back to 1865, when engineer Fredrik Idestam opened a paper mill in Tammerkoski Rapids, Finland. Six years later, Idestam opened another paper mill on the banks of the Finnish Nokianvirta River, which inspired him to name his company Nokia Ab.


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H&M, 1947

In 1946, Erling Persson opened a women’s clothing store in Sweden called Hennes, which means “for her” in Swedish. About two years later, Persson bought a hunting and fishing clothing store called Mauritz Widforss. When he merged the brand with Hennes, the store began selling women’s and men’s clothing. This new store was called Hennes and Mauritz, better known as H&M.


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Mcdonald’s, 1940

The first McDonald’s restaurant opened in 1940. Brother and sister Richard and Maurice McDonald’s opened the first McDonald’s restaurant at 1398 North E Street in San Bernardino, California, USA on May 15, 1940. Now in this place is the “Museum of the first original McDonald’s”.


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Disneyland, 1955

Disneyland originally opened in Anaheim, California on Sunday July 17, 1955, with 18 rides. At the moment, the park has 51 attractions.

When the park opened, the entrance fee was only $ 1. It now costs $ 99. More than 84 million Mickey Mouse ears have been sold since Disneyland opened, making mouse ears the most popular Disney souvenir of all time.

As of December 2018, Disneyland had the highest cumulative attendance of any other theme park in the world. Since its opening, it has been visited by over 726 million people.


in the beginning

Microsoft 1975

In 1975 in Albuquerque, friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in a garage, originally called Micro-Soft, to build microprocessors and software. They developed software for the Altair 8800, one of the first personal computers.

In the 1980s, Microsoft dominated the personal computer operating system market with its MS-DOS, followed by the success of Microsoft Windows. After the initial public offering of the company in 1986 (also known as the IPO), the rise in share price has contributed to the emergence of about 12 thousand millionaires and 3 billionaires among Microsoft employees.


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Suzuki, 1909

Suzuki was founded by Michio Suzuki in 1909. Like Toyota, it focused on looms and was called Suzuki Loom Works. In 1920, it was renamed Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Company, which, thanks to the success of its looms, began a side business of car manufacturing.


in the beginning

Adidas, 1949

On August 18, 1949, businessman Adolf Dassler at the age of 49 started all over again. He registered the trade name “Adi Dassler adidas Sportschuhfabrik” and started working with 47 employees in the small town of Herzogenaurach. In the same year, he registered the footwear with the legendary three stripes.


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Pepsi, 1915

In 1893, the American pharmacist Caleb Bradham developed a drink in his pharmacy that aided digestion. He called it “Brad’s Drink.” However, after 5 years, he changed the name to “Pepsi-Cola” inspired by the Greek word “digestion”, which sounded like “Pepsi”, and “cola” is the name of the nut that is part of the drink.



in the beginning

Xerox, 1906

When Xerox started the business in 1906, it positioned itself as a manufacturer of photographic paper and photographic equipment, and at the time was called the Haloid Company. The company became the king of photocopying only in 1959 after the presentation of the first successful commercial copier on plain paper, the Xerox 914.


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