15 large projects that started in a small garage
The absolute majority of us dream of doing something extraordinary in our lives. Write a book, set a sports record, make a scientific discovery, or create a great company. We have plenty of ideas, but there are always insurmountable obstacles on the way: lack of money, lack of space, lack of time and dozens of other reasons in different combinations. However, not all of them stop. Today we want to remind you of several world-famous projects that were born in their free time in kitchens, in barns and garages.
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Apple is currently one of the most powerful technology companies in the world, and it began in the garage of Steve Jobs's parents. In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (21 and 26 respectively) settled in this garage and manually assembled 50 computers in 30 days for a local retailer, selling them for $ 500 apiece. Since then, everything started spinning.
2. The Beatles
Prior to the formation of The Beatles, John Lennon was a member of a group called The Quarrymen, along with several school friends. When the parents of one member of the group were no longer able to endure their noise, the future superstars were forced to move rehearsals to the old bomb shelter in the backyard.
In 1994, when Jeff Bezos founded Amazon as an online bookstore, he was completely located in his garage. In July 1995, the company sold its first book, which was packed in the same garage.
4. Harley Davidson
In 1901, William S. Harley plans to install the engine on his bicycle. For several years, Harley and his friend Arthur Davidson created a new engine and built their first motorcycles in a small wooden shed. So began the legendary Harley-Davidson.
5. Yankee Candle
Today it is one of the most famous manufacturers of holiday candles in the world. The story began on the day that on Christmas day 1969, 17-year-old Mike Kitrej melted some wax pencils in the garage to make a gift to his parents. The product turned out so successful that almost immediately began the first orders.
In 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the future Microsoft Corporation in the garage.It was here that they licensed their first operating system for IBM for $ 80,000. Later, they invented Windows, which still dominates the personal computer market.
In 1955, Anthony Maglika rented a garage and bought his first machine for $ 125. On this basis, a small workshop was created, which a few years later began to produce the famous lanterns. Now Maglite is a worldwide popular brand, and their products are even included in the standard equipment of police officers in America.
In 1945, newlyweds Ruth and Elliot Handler decided to start a business. In their garage, they made picture frames, and trim used to create houses and furniture for dolls. Before the production of toys, there was only one step that they took in 1959, presenting the Barbie doll to the world.
The Linksys were founded in 1988 by immigrants from Taiwan - a married couple, Jenny and Victor Cao. Like many companies of the time, Linksys started in a garage refitted as a workshop. Interestingly, in parallel, Victor continued to work until 1991 in his former place - in the snack bar Taco Bell. Today, Linksys is a well-known brand of networking products for home and small offices.
In 1923, Walt and Roy Disney moved to their uncle Robert. In his garage, the brothers created The First Disney Studio, which became the prototype of today's largest film studio in the world.
In the summer of 1998, two Stanford students - Larry Page and Sergey Brin - began working on Google as the implementation of their training project. The future search giant was created in the garage of Susan Vodgiski, and all three Google Inc. employees could easily fit in there.
In 1939, HP, one of the world's largest technology companies, was formed in a garage with an investment of $ 538. It was in this garage that Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard made audio oscillators, which were later sold to Walt Disney, one of the first customers of the future giant.
13. Lotus Cars
In 1984, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman began building his first race cars in his parents' garage. Today, Lotus is one of the leading British manufacturers of sports and racing cars.
Nike (from 1964 to 1978 - Blue Ribbon Sport) was founded by a student-runner and his coach. Their business idea was simple and uncomplicated: having invested $ 500 each, they bought 300 pairs of sneakers from Asian manufacturers and resold them under their own brand.At the same time, at the initial stage, the company could not even afford to rent a garage, and the trade went from the trunk of the car.
15. Patagonia Clothing
In 1953, at the age of 14, Yvon Chownard was involved in mountaineering. At 18, he bought the necessary equipment that he installed in his parents' garage. The company began to produce and sell special hooks for $ 1.50 each. By 2012, Patagonia Clothing had a turnover of $ 500 million, becoming one of the most well-known names in the field of clothing for outdoor activities.
It is unlikely that someone from the creators of these companies could have imagined what their garage ventures would turn into. They simply felt great enthusiasm, were not afraid to take the first step and sought to create something new. It doesn't matter where and how your business starts, what matters is that it brings people to it.